ByAmy Jo Burns

Amy Jo Burns hails from the land of empty steel mills and four-wheeler accidents, and her memoir Cinderland is out now from Beacon Press. Her essays have appeared in Dame Magazine, Salon, and the Ploughshares blog.

  1. The summer I turned fourteen, I got caught looking for love on Whore Hill. It had been four years since the start of Mr. Lotte’s investigation, three years since I made myself forget it ever happened, and over ten years since the steel industry fell and broke everyone’s hearts. In a town full of highways and unemployed mill workers, there was only one way to get out. The kids on the hill saw each other…