Stormy Stipe’s poems have appeared in the Texas Review and her book reviews in Biblio magazine. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and her PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston. Recently she attended the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. She teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and lives in Madison, Wisconsin. 
Dec 01 2006
“We’ll hide here,” my sister Helen said, and pulled me onto a bed of pine straw under the fence at the edge of the ditch. We watched my mother drive slowly through the puddles of our driveway. … My older brother, Hal, had smeared ketchup on the floor of the front room, smudged a wad of his own dark hair and several strands of my sister’s along the edges, and run out the back door. He was hiding in the tractor-shed yard.