Joan Vardaro McMillan received her MFA from San Jose State University,
where she currently teaches creative writing and composition. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Reed Magazine, Santa Clara Review, Common Ground Review, Blue Mesa Review, and many others. This piece is excerpted from her memoir of the same title, The Strega's Story.
In order to preserve the artistic arrangement of the writing, this piece has been created with Print2Flash Flashpaper.