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is a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, where he is completing his first manuscript, DISASTER CAPITAL. His work has appeared recently in Guernica, The Journal, and Prairie Schooner, among other places. He lives in Oakland.
In 490 BCE, Pheidippides ran 26.2 miles back to Athens to announce that the Greek city-states, unified into a powerful democracy, had been victorious over the invading Persians. He then collapsed, dead, in the center of the Acropolis.