Nels Hanson

Nels Hanson has worked as a farmer, teacher, and contract writer/editor. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz and the U of Montana and his fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award. His stories have appeared in Antioch Review, Texas Review, Black Warrior Review, Southeast Review, Montreal Review, and other journals. ‘Now the River’s in You,’ which appeared in Ruminate Magazine, was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize, and ‘No One Can Find Us,’ in Ray’s Road Review, has been nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prizes.

Stories by Nels Hanson

Three Uninvited Guests

Illustrated by Péter János Novák

In my father’s house, the day I came of age to join the older girls who walked in the meadow among the young men, my mother told me a story her mother told her, that her mother heard from her mother, who heard it from hers, the changeless tale told by all mothers that tomorrow …