Nick Ripatrazone is a staff writer for The Millions. His books include a novella, This Darksome Burn, and a forthcoming collection of stories, Good People. He is also the author of two books of poetry, and a book of literary criticism, The Fine Delight. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, The Kenyon Review, and Shenandoah. He teaches public-school English in New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and twin daughters. His website is www.nickripatrazone.com.