By Amy Bernhard

Amy Bernhard is a recent graduate of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program. She's working on a book about growing up in the Midwest, and she's also looking for a teal 90s Ford pick-up, if you have one let her know at amybernhard3 at gmail dot com.

  1. Frances is the first to cry. Our Beginning Acting class is seated in a row against the back wall of the rehearsal studio, socked feet stretched before us, notebooks open on our laps. We spend two long mornings a week together in this room, watching our reflections move in the mirrored walls surrounding us: We drop to the polished floor and growl and grunt; volley an invisible ball in the air; shake our limbs

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