Every year of elementary school, Wesley Cohen’s mom packed her an emergency box filled with the best snacks, the most forbidden: fruit by the foot, little cartons of cocoa puffs or cap’n crunch, syrupy peach slices in their plastic terrariums of sugar-goop. And on the last day of school, when no fire or earthquake or shooting had happened, Wesley got to eat her disaster snack alongside the other safe boys and girls. To this day, she lives undisturbed by flash floods and tornadoes, but knows that when disaster strikes, and it will, certain as snowfall and violence and tectonic movement, it will taste like peaches.

Wesley Cohen is a writer and editor living in Davis, California. Her work has been featured by Joyland Magazine, Entropy, and some other places. She is a 2017 Writing By Writers fellow. She is the marketing coordinator at San Francisco boutique publisher Yellow Pear Press, and serves as prose editor of Foglifter Journal.

Wesley can be reached at wesleyocohen@gmail.com.



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