"When It Storms, I Return" Thunder echoes, its hollow rhythms, etching into ebony skies vibrations of lightning coating the world in split-second increments of light. Our eyes can only soak in so much, just glimpses of the rising creek, its current surging to drown out the thunder. Sour air meeting our tongues as we take deep breaths to calm racing hearts, but panic courses through us as fast as the creek climbs out of its banks lapping up against buildings, swallowing cars, teasing imaginations with its power.
Amy Le Ann Richardson was born and raised in Morehead, KY and holds an MFA from Spalding University (‘09). Amy is a farmer, writer, visual artist, and teacher and has received grants and fellowships from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She is the author of Who You Grow Into (2024), and her work has been featured in Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Yearling, and Kentucky Monthly. She lives and works on her farm in Carter County, KY.