A family recipe, a childhood memory, a Depression-era handout
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Michael Copperman’s writing has appeared in Oxford American, Creative Nonfiction, and Guernica. He lives in Eugene, Oregon, and is the recipient of a fellowship from the Oregon Arts Council. From 2002 to 2004 he taught fourth grade in the rural public schools of the Mississippi Delta, and he is currently seeking representation for a novel about that experience.
For the last seven years, my father and I have kayaked a thirty-six-mile portion of Oregon’s Rogue River each August. We run the river in an inflatable kayak, him reading the water and me providing the manpower to paddle the boat through world-class rapids.