Elizabeth Kadetsky's short stories have been selected for a Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices and Best American Short Stories notable stories, and her personal essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the New York Times, Guernica, Santa Monica Review, Antioch Review, Post Road, Agni and elsewhere. For her memoir First There Is a Mountain (Little Brown, 2004, Dzanc rEprints, 2011), she lived in India as a Fulbright scholar in creative writing while studying with the yogi BKS Iyengar. Today, she is visiting writer in the Penn State MFA program. Defunct? A Norman cottage in central PA, brand new to her, so lovely, and yet its fossil fuels, its oil heat, its long winter, its too many square feet. She wonders if this is about America itself.