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Nicholas Montemarano

Nicholas Montemarano is the author of the short-story collection If the Sky Falls and the novel A Fine Place. His fiction has been published in Esquire, Zoetrope, Tin House, and elsewhere. He has received the Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He teaches at Franklin & Marshall College and in the Bennington Writing Seminars.

The God Spot

It was an old joke that Thomas Godfrey, given his name, had no choice but to become an atheist. “I’ve considered changing the spelling to G-o-d-f-r-e-e,” he said from behind the lectern, “but then even more people would hate me.”…