“The Secretary of Groveland” appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Cottonwood, a lovely edition made by students and faculty of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Kansas University. The story’s protagonist is a burned-out teacher who leaves the profession but doesn’t stop caring for young people.

This is a story that’s very close to my heart. I’m the son of a high school English teacher. I’m a lifelong bibliophile. I’ve worked in bookstores. My entire career has been in and around publishing, in particular involving instruction in Reading, English Language Arts, and Writing & Language, for K-12. And of course, I teach creative writing.

I’ll leave it to you to discover how the story action speaks to the importance of guidance and literacy for young people, how it involves books and learning. You can read the opening pages, in any device, here.