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J.D. Scrimgeour is the author of Themes For English B: A Professor’s Education In and Out of Class, which won the AWP Award for Nonfiction. Recent nonfiction has appeared in African American Review, biostories, Brilliant Corners, Pangyrus,The Quotable and Solstice. He’s also the author of three collections of poetry: The Last Miles, Territories, and Lifting the Turtle (forthcoming in 2017). With musician Philip Swanson, he formed the performance group Confluence, and released a CD of poetry and music, Ogunquit & Other Works. He runs the Creative Writing Program at Salem State University. He'd like to thank Anne Noonan, Dawne Shand and the Salem Writers' Group for their help with this essay.