I heard from a stranger that the Pushcart folks had given my short story about orcas and families, “Pods,” a Special Mention in the The Pushcart Prize XLI anthology. Turns out the rumors are true — see this photographic evidence provided by my mom! (I’m listed under my old name, which is how the story appeared.)
Thanks to Pinckney Benedict for nominating me, to Fjords Review for printing the story, and to the anthology for including me in such good company!
And RIP Tilikum.