Michael Pearson

Michael Pearson is the director of creative writing at Old Dominion University. He is the author of “Imagined Places: Journeys Into Literary America.” “A Place That’s Known: Essays,” “Dreaming of Columbus: A Boyhood in the Bronx,” and most recently, the novel “Shohola Falls.” “Innocents Abroad, 2002” is an excerpt of a larger essay by the same name.