Rebecca Chekouras I am a freelance writer living in Oakland; specifically the Port of Oakland. My backyard is the western terminus of the Southern Pacific Rail Road and behind that vast snarl of tracks are the berths and cranes in whose rough lap I tenderly sit. My stories and essays have been published in Curve Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Narrative Magazine, and the online zine Pure Slush. I have stories in anthologies published by Pure Slush Books and the University of Wisconsin, my alma mater. I have completed a first draft of two novels.