“Who Is Greg Stalfa and What Does He Mean?”, besides having one of my favorite titles, has cropped up in unexpected ways since I first read it in .
Once I taught a writing course with fifteen students. The fifteenth, whom I’ll call Edward Saunders, never showed. Yet every week while taking attendance I called his name, mostly to make my students giggle. Edward? I’d say, scanning the room with pretend hope. We speculated on where he was. I heard he hitched to Michigan in a hot air balloon! He’s working as a clown! I brought in “Who Is Greg Stalfa and What Does He Mean?” and we read it out loud. We began to refer to Ed as Greg Stalfa.
Two weeks before the end of the semester, I entered class to find a new person sitting in the front row. one of my students hissed. Greg Stalfa. We stared at him with a particular mix of fear and awe.
Our last story in the series is a core sample of every marvel the short short form can perform. It contains absurdity, humor, a run-of-the-mill non-event, and the entire universe. Marie-Helene Bertino
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Rachel Yoder is a founding editor of draft: the journal of process which publishes first and final drafts of stories, essays, and poetry along with author interviews about the creative process. Most recently, her writing has also appeared in The Normal School, Gulf Coast, and The Chicago Tribune. She lives in Iowa City with her husband and son.