Credit: William Bledsoe
Credit: Andrew Stanbridge
Launch: John Evans and Justin St. Germain
Thursday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.
John W. Evans was twenty-nine years old and his wife, Katie, was thirty. They had met in the Peace Corps in Bangladesh, taught in Chicago, studied in Miami, and were working for a year in Romania when they set off with friends to hike into the Carpathian Mountains. In an instant their life together was shattered. Katie became separated from the group. When Evans finally found her, he could only watch helplessly as she was mauled to death by a brown bear.
John W. Evans was born in Kansas and grew up in New York and Chicago. His work has appeared in Slate, The Missouri Review, Boston Review, ZYZZYVA, The Rumpus, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. After completing a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in poetry, John was a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, where he continues to teach creative writing today.
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Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001. Debbie St. Germain’s death, apparently at the hands of her fifth husband, is a passing curiosity. “A real-life old West murder mystery,” the local TV announcers intone, while barroom gossips snicker cruelly. But for her twenty-year-old son, Justin St. Germain, the tragedy marks the line that separates his world into before and after.