Amanda Bales hails from rural Oklahoma. After leaving the prairie she fell in love with mountains and bummed around a few before landing on a (large) hill in Ireland. Her work has been nominated for the Best New American Voices series and has appeared in such journals as Bateau and The Southern Humanities Review.
Beth watched the tip of the rod quiver, the motion sharp against the gentle sway of pine trees and white shells of aspen jutting from the boulders and cliffs surrounding them. She looked at her shaking hands and took a steadying breath, stepped ankle deep into the river. Her casts were neat, but they were […]