The Red Sweater
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The Red Sweater

Miss Iola’s Rough Time

A woman faces an age-old enemy.

When I was a girl, depression meant something else. Something just as scary. Names are funny. They always change —

Well, names don’t change, but the stuff behind them, inside them, the cream filling. That’s what changes.

My name is Tabithah, but my mother wanted to name me Nebraska. Papa said no. He said Nebraska is a…



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Joe Shetina

They/he. Writer of fiction, screenplays, plays, reviews, essays, and poetry. Chicago.