Margot Kahn's first book, Horses That Buck, is the biography of an old rodeo cowboy. She is the recipient of a Hertog Fellowship from Columbia University, the Ohioana Library Association’s Walter Marvin Rumsey Award for a promising writer under 30, the High Plains “Best First Book” Award and individual artist awards from the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the King County Arts Commission. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and has worked professionally as a journalist, speechwriter and arts administrator. She currently curates creative writing programs at Richard Hugo House in Seattle, Washington.
Sitting in the second row of the balcony at the New York City Center ballet, I, sixteen, entranced by the melodies of Swan Lake, watched a tall, muscular sun-god pirouetting and jeteing on the stage. As he soared, I gasped at the height of his jumps and his sure-footed landings. But I had not come [...]
Decades ago, when my brother was about ten and I around fourteen, he began to spend an extraordinary amount of time in his room. We lived in an apartment in a sketchy neighborhood in the Bronx. There were muggings, petty and not so petty thefts, and a few cases of violent crimes. Still, we played [...]
*This story is written from the perspective of the author’s former roommate. The names have been changed but all events happened as stated. Andy is being a serious cocksucker and holding onto my money. He won’t give me any. He says it’s for my own good and that I’ll just go and spend it on [...]