Will Cordeiro received his MFA and Ph.D. from Cornell University. His essays, poems, and fiction appear or are forthcoming in many publications, including Best New Poets, Blue Earth Review, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, Fiction Southeast, Fourteen Hills, Nashville Review, [PANK], Phoebe, Poetry Northwest, Territory, and Zone 3. He is grateful for a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, as well as residencies from ART 342, Blue Mountain Center, Ora Lerman Trust, Risley Residential College, and Petrified Forest National Park. He currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he is a faculty member in the Honors Program at Northern Arizona University.
As we’re packing up to leave, we talk to John about the dead seal. He confirms that someone has been shooting the seals this summer because they gawp up bait and compete for the catch of the commercial fishermen.