Harry Lutz, auto dealer, home in Minooka visiting his aged and ailing father, was shopping for soap-on-a-rope. The clerk at this, his third stop, seemed to mock his search. He would find no such item in the summertime. Soap-on-a-rope was a Christmastime gift. Though it was none of the clerk’s business, Harry explained that the… [Read More]
Chris Fink is professor and chair of English at Beloit College and editor in chief of the Beloit Fiction Journal. His book of fiction, Farmer’s Almanac, was published in 2013 by Emergency Press. His stories and essays appear in numerous journals. He is a 2000 graduate of the PhD program at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and he was a founding faculty member of the Master of Fine Arts program at San Jose State University, where he also founded the John Steinbeck Award for the Short Story. This year he launched the Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story at the Beloit Fiction Journal.