Rob Roensch is the author of a story collection, The Wildflowers of Baltimore (Salt, 2012), a novella, The World and the Zoo (Outpost19, 2020) and a novel, In the Morning, The City is the Prairie (Belle Point Press, 2023). His stories were listed as Distinguished Stories in the 2015 and 2022 Best American Short Stories. He has been awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and the Peter Taylor Scholarship in Fiction from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He teaches at Oklahoma City University.
What if you can’t live in the place where your imagination feels at home? What if you can’t ever stay in one place long enough to grow roots? What if you have to drive through fast-food-lined headache traffic for an hour a day to get your children to school? Is the solution to find the value in the joke on the Carl’s Jr sign? Is it to be friendly to the stranger in the grocery store? Is it to more intensely contemplate the size of the sky?