On the South side of Tucson near the Samsonite factory you’ll see a woman who’s usually naked except for a long T-shirt. Her thighs are sunburnt, her skin is a white girl’s cautionary tale. Stick around and she’ll scream, “Give me something I can handle!”
Monica Drake is the author of two novels, Clown Girl and The Stud Book. She designed and launched the BFA in Writing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she currently teaches and serves as Lead Faculty. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, Paris Review Daily, Oregon Humanities Review and other publications in print and online, as well as anthologies.