Kris Lackey teaches at the University of New Orleans. His nonfiction book RoadFrames: The American Highway Narrative was published by the University of Nebraska Press. 
Mar 01 2003
The Ring of Progress
In the spring of 1968 a dozen progressive parents leagued up to drive out the principal of our county school. His name was Reilly. He was a choleric, paunchy man of sixty with a sneak’s gait who stank of liquor and often smoked two cigarettes at once. Not a single child in the school–not the most innocent first grader–had been spared Reilly’s thirty-inch cedar paddle, which he called Skipper.
Dec 01 2001
The After Man
It will sound dead on like an infomercial when I confess the truth. That is because at the beginning — no, for ten years before the real start, when I actually dwindled — the cable hucksters spoke to me at all hours in their baby lisps and daddy nostrums and lover landishments until the world split into food and joy and I chose joy.
Sep 01 2001
Father White in the Torrid Zone
One by one the lepers’ tongues slithered fot the Host. Father Lawrence White looked down upon the surfacing faces–one without a nose, one without ears, one with a whorled cavity in the cheek. He raised each wafer with an austere flourish, brought it near the supplicant’s tongue and then, like a deft croupier, tossed it in.