Frank Scalero

Frank Scalero grew up unincorporated with rural dreams and an urban future. His Uncle George, a Vietnam veteran Wisconsin farmer 2nd father, captured his youthful imagination, relegating his mind to vacillate between suburban realities and back-woods fantasies. Most days, however, he spends in a classroom, trying to pry border-urban youth roots up out of some pretty thin soil.

Stories by Frank Scalero

Jimmy Johnson

Illustrated by Alankrita Amaya

While walking, Jimmy Johnson kept one hand on his belt, black and five sizes too big, and the other busy tossing his sandy locks up out of his eyes. He didn’t have a job; he needed to sit as much as possible. It was all he could do to walk the halls of school and …