John York

John York‘s poetry collection, Cold Spring Rising, was published by Press 53, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 2012. In 2011, he won the first James Applewhite Poetry Prize from the North Carolina Literary Review. York teaches high school English and creative writing.

Fifty Cents

By John York


After she got a job inspecting cigarettes for R. J. Reynolds
almost the first thing she bought
a fold-top desk, open at her elbow