Maria McLeod

Maria McLeod writes and publishes poetry, fiction, monologues and plays. Honors include three Pushcart Prize nominations and the Indiana Review Poetry Prize. During her formative years, she was a bartender in Ypsilanti, Michigan, next to a porn shop featuring mannequins in edible underwear. She now resides in Bellingham, Washington, where she teaches journalism to unsuspecting undergraduates at Western Washington University.

Supermodel of the Roman Empire

When the blue velvet stage curtains parted, the supermodel entered, turned toward the crowd, and waved like a woman on a parade float—a slow, open-handed fan. Her face was round like an apple: a red ...