Kristin Van Tassel

Kristin Van Tassel teaches writing and American literature at Bethany College in central Kansas. She writes essays and poetry about place, teaching, and travel. Her work has appeared in literary and travel publications including World Hum, ISLE, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Wraparound South, Wanderlust, the Land Report, and About Place.

The Value of a College Education

When your phone dies, when the map’s legend goes missing, / peer into the gopher’s abandoned burrow. Or search for me / in margins between assigned reading and page edge. . . .