Michael Downs sets most of his fiction in his hometown of Hartford, Connecticut, following the advice of a mentor who told him “we write from where we get the wound.” For his literary life, he is grateful to the University of Arkansas’s Graduate Programs in Creative Writing. In 2006, he received an NEA literature fellowship. 
Jun 01 2006
At the Beach
Rosa’s cat was short-haired, black and white, with half its left ear torn away and a tail that twitched when the cat meant to do evil. If Rosa failed to notice the tail, the cat might rake claws across her hand as she petted him. She fancied herself a cat lover, but this animal led her to thoughts of betrayal.