Dawna Kemper

Dawna Kemper’s stories have appeared in the Kenyon Review, ZYZZYVA, Colorado Review, the Idaho Review, Quarterly West, Santa Monica Review, Shenandoah, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles, where, in addition to teaching, she works as an editor of fiction and creative nonfiction / memoir. You can read more at: www.dawnakemper.com.


It was Thursday, the week after Thanksgiving, and she was driving to work in the dark because a half-steer was waiting to be butchered before the store opened. Her hands gripping the wheel were bare, and numb from the bitter…