Gloria Whelan’s stories have appeared in numerous quarterlies including Michigan Quarterly, Virginia Quarterly, and Ontario Review. A story was included in the O. Henry collection in 1983. 
Sep 01 1983
The Secret Meeting with Mr. Eliot
Dear Professor Wally,
This is not a poem about a cat. It is my life. I graduated from high school during the height (depth?) of the depression. Three students in my class went to college. Although I was valedictorian (Latin: valedictus, bidden goodbye) and spoke on “The Promise of the Future,” I was not one of them.