I met Kirsten Kaschock twelve years ago when we were new graduate students in creative writing in the Syracuse University MFA program—she, in poetry; I, in fiction. She was pregnant at the time; a few days later, she gave birth to her first child.
We are deeply saddened to learn that Jeanne Leiby, writer, teacher, and editor of The Southern Review died yesterday in a car accident in Louisiana. She was 46. Our thoughts are with those who loved her.
Cheryl Strayed is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Wild (Knopf, March 2012) and the novel, Torch (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and journals. She lives in Portland, Oregon. You can follow her on Twitter here.