On Monday, Venessa Stenson stared out the window during math drills. Mrs. Reynolds called to her, asked her for the solution in the problem set, and waited for an answer. Venessa looked at Mrs. Reynolds and shook her head slightly. “I don’t know,” she said. Her voice was breathier than usual, lower. Venessa turned away […]More
DeMisty D. Bellinger teaches creative writing at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. Her writing has appeared in many places, including WhiskeyPaper, The Rumpus, and Blue Fifth Review. Her chapbook, Rubbing Elbows, is available from Finishing Line Press. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and twin daughters.