Elise Juska is the author of three novels, including One for Sorrow, Two for Joy(Simon & Schuster). Her short stories have appeared in the Hudson Review, Harvard Review, Salmagundi,the Seattle Review, Black Warrior Review, American Literary Review and several other magazines. She teaches fiction writing at University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the New School in New York. 
Dec 01 2009
The Way I Saw the World Then
The day Ms. Moreau would cry in front of her freshman honors English class was the stuff of Lawrence High School legend. It happened every year, could happen at any time. Some innocuous eighth period as the school buses sat chugging by the curb and the minute hand stuttered toward 2:39, Ms. Moreau would announce she was going to read her favorite poem, then read, cry and dismiss the class with a wave of her thick-ringed hand.