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Personal essay in latest issue of Post Road

My first job out of college, I worked at a small advertising/PR agency in Madison, Wisconsin, and I remember early on handing a piece of copy to the proprietor, Russ, with a note at the bottom saying I was proud of it. Russ, who was from rural Reedsburg, Wisconsin, wrote back, “Pride grows on the human heart like lard on a pig.”

In an ever-lasting way, Russ confounded my propensity as a native New Yorker to boast; since whatever I was back then, 21 or 22, I’ve been conflicted about even thinking of myself as proud of something I produced.

So I’ll say this about the personal essay I have in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Post Road Magazine: I’m pleased with how it finally reads and unabashedly proud to have work in an issue that includes Julia Strayer’s short story “The Goldfish” and Rhiannon Catherwood’s personal essay “Rear View” and Marianne Leone’s personal essay-review of the Mario Puzo novel The Fortunate Pilgrim.

I’m also grateful to the people who helped me with sections or whole drafts, going back to workshops at WMU, when I wrote down the bones as fiction. 

And deep thanks to Pete Hausler for accepting the piece and to the other folks at Post Road who treated it so well.


By Glenn Deutsch

Glenn Deutsch’s writing has appeared in The Literary Review, Confrontation, Post Road Magazine, Gargoyle Magazine, Notre Dame Review, Exposition Review, New Delta Review, River City (now The Pinch), and Fiction Southeast, among other literary publications; in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, and Poets & Writers; and in daily and alternative weekly newspapers including The Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Newsday, Orlando Sentinel, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Isthmus, and Shepherd Express. Glenn has been an editor at Third Coast, Men’s Health, The Milwaukee Journal, and other publications. He earned his PhD in English/creative writing at Western Michigan University, in 2006, after careers in journalism and other fields, and taught writing and literature at Kalamazoo College for six years as a visiting professor, followed by journalism at Albion College for six years as a visiting professor. In 2018, he left academia to write full time. He has completed a novel and is at work on a story collection and novella. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with his wife and son, and is also the proud father of an adult daughter.