Scott Ragland


The paper says they’re going to build a Walmart Express out on 604 where the old home place was, now that the county has changed the zoning.

I take my boy to show him the blackjack oak I climbed as a kid. It’s grown a lot, reaching above the telephone poles. I lift him up to the lowest limb.

“See how high you can go,” I say.

Scott Ragland has an MFA from UNC-Greensboro. His publication credits include Beloit Fiction Journal, The Quarterly, Noctua Review, apt, The Conium Review, Kindred, and NANO Fiction. He lives in Carrboro, N.C., with his wife and two dogs. His three kids have left the nest.