Jack E. Lorts has lived in Oregon small towns since the early 1970s. He holds a BA from California State University, Fullerton, (1962) and an M.Ed. from the University of Oregon (1978). He was a teacher for 26 years at the elementary and secondary levels, and a school administrator for 16 years, finishing his career as Superintendent of Schools in Fossil, Oregon, from 1997-2004. After retirement, he served on the Fossil City council, and from 2009-2015 as the city's mayor. As an author and poet, he has published extensively in such magazines as Arizona Quarterly, Kansas Quarterly, Oregon English Journal, Oregon East and High Desert Journal, among other publications. He is the author of three chapbooks of his poetry.
The town of Fossil is the county seat of Wheeler County and the cultural and economic piston for a large geographical area. The town comes alive during the summer months when it hosts the Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival and a Cruz-In over the Fourth of July weekend, as well as …