Kristen Keckler

Kristen Keckler teaches at the University of North Texas, where she is finishing her PhD in creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The Sonora Review, The Dallas Morning News, Cold-Drill, Palo Alto Review, and Concho River Review. She is also the co-author of the tenth anniversary edition of the nonfiction instruction guide, Writing Life Stories, forthcoming from Writer’s Digest Books in summer 2008.

The Olive Jar

I’m squatting in an olive grove in Montelepre, Sicily, searching the ground for caterpillars. It is quiet except for whistles of redwings, the clip-clop of horseshoes. Some workers climb up and down ladders shaped like tepees, the letter A, while…