Richard Chiappone, a recipient of the Robert Traver Award, is the author of the story collection Water of an Undetermined Depth as well as Opening Days. His writing has appeared in anthologies and national publications including Playboy, the Sun, and Gray’s Sporting Journal. His story “Raccoon” was made into an award winning short film, and his work has been featured on BBC Radio. A thirty-year Alaskan, Chiappone lives with his wife, Lin, and several Siamese cats on a steelhead river near Anchor Point, the westernmost point on the contiguous highway system of North America. He teaches writing for the University of Alaska and serves on the faculty of the annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference in the town of Homer.
I DON'T ACTUALLY SPEAK Spanish, but since a school of Mexican permit precipitated a life-changing decision for me, I think I should wish them well in their native tongue. That said, I never want to see another member of their species for as long as I live. I cast to my first permit in 1996, and in all the years since then, after all the long fights from...