John S. Walker grew up in western Pennsylvania. He is currently finishing a novel, several novellas and stories set in northern Pennsylvania and in the Monongahela River valley of West Virginia. He is in the M.F.A. program at The University of Memphis where, in addition to studying fiction writing under Cary Holladay and Tom Russell, his thesis is being directed by Richard Bausch. He resides in Cordova, TN, and teaches at Crichton College
Story of My Stories
My heart was full; I made no vows, but vows
And Jesus began to speak unto the people, 'What went ye out
I was born a preacher's son, the third of four given my parents, and probably the worst. I possessed an unflinching contempt for school. I got into fights, constantly, set off a smoke bomb in the girls' lavatory, and pulled the fire alarm more than once. Inevitably, I was sitting in the principal's office feeling greatly ashamed, for half the teachers in the school attended my father's church. Some sang in his choir.
We lived in northern Pennsylvania in a town called Smethport, where loggers, coal miners, mill workers, along with those teachers, more
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