By Alessandra Wollner

Alessandra Wollner is an MFA candidate at Ohio State University studying and teaching creative nonfiction. She's been writing since before she correctly learned how to spell the word “adolescent” (2nd grade). Currently, Alessandra is working on a collection of essays and a poem suite from the years she spent teaching at San Quentin State Prison.

  1. I sat at the bar with a man I’ll call Ian sipping whiskey as he explained me to me.

    “You are a woman of passion,” Ian said. “I get you.” And then, as if maybe I hadn’t gotten it fully, he repeated himself, “I get you.” 

    I was of two minds: laugh in his face or ask him for more. I couldn’t decide which impulse to follow so

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