With this essay, Chavawn Kelley completes a trilogy set in Wyoming's Wind River country. The first of the three, Why I Love the Dump, appeared in Northern Lights and was honored as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays, 1997. The second, There Is No Such Thing As a Perfect Vacuum, was awarded the Wyoming Arts Council's Frank Nelson Doubleday Award. Kelley is also the recipient of the 2001 Wyoming Arts Council's fellowship for nonfiction. She lives in Laramie, Wyoming, and works as a corporate communications manager.