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Angela Palm owns Ink + Lead Literary Services and is the editor of an anthology of Vermont writers, Please Do Not Remove. Her writing has appeared in Paper Darts, Midwestern Gothic, Tampa Review, and elsewhere. Palm was awarded the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize for Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here (Graywolf Press). Palm grew up on the banks of the Kankakee River in rural Indiana. From her bedroom window, Palm watched the neighbor boy and loved him in secret, imagining a life with him even as she longed for a future that held more than a job at the neighborhood bar. As an adult, Palm finds herself drawn back to her origins. But this means more than just recalling vibrant, complicated memories of the place that shaped her. It means visiting the prison where the boy that she loved is serving a life sentence for a brutal murder. It means trying to chart, through the mesmerizing, interconnected essays of Riverine, what happens when a single event forces the path of her life off course.