“Among Javelina” started as verse I turned in for workshop at a community college in Wisconsin. The thing required of me occasional revisions across 21 years to wind up fully invented.
I began submitting free verse and creative nonfiction iterations of, um, “Hot Tub in Tucson,” after Bob Hicok helped me shape the material in a graduate workshop. Racked up scads of rejections no matter the small changes I made every few years, even after I gave it a new title.
I lived a little more. Added a third section. Revised again this year. Settled the piece as flash CNF. A million thanks to the incomparable Richard Peabody for publishing “Among Javelina” in Gargoyle Online.