Susan Perabo is Writer in Residence and Associate Professor of English at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Her story collection Who I Was Supposed to Be was published in 1999 by Simon & Schuster and named Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her novel The Broken Places was published in 2001. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. 
Dec 01 2005
The truth is I never saw the plane.
It was just before ten in the morning and we were in the S formation across the middle of the football field when, on the first note of “76 Trombones,” the unmistakable squack exploded from my clarinet. Split reed. Nothing to do but make the long walk back to the field house and get a new one from my case. I swore, broke ranks, trudged toward the squat building that sat fifty yards behind the end zone.
Jun 01 1991