Author of the article

Barbara Lock, a multi-genre writer, managing editor of Variant Literature, and an emergency physician, teaches Narrative Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her prose has appeared in numerous journals, including STORY, The Forge, Yalobusha Review, New Delta Review, COLD SIGNAL, Superstition Review, NewMyths, The Westchester Review, and elsewhere. There's more about her at