Mesha Maren

Mesha Maren is the author of the novel Sugar Run, from Algonquin Books. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House, Oxford American, the Southern Review, Triquarterly, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. She serves as a National Endowment of the Arts writing fellow at Federal Prison Camp, Alderson, in West Virginia, and is an assistant professor of the practice of creative writing at Duke University.

Organ Cave

Randy Colburn shifts his case of beer from one hand to the other and tries not to pay attention to the children. The world is full of children. It must have always been this way, but he’s noticed it more lately. All he wants is his twelve-pack of Natural Ice and he ends up in line at the gas station behind a family of four.