About

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or, “the time I almost died”

My name is Pete Beatty. I am a writer and editor. I have taught and may someday resume teaching. I’ve worked for the University of Chicago Press, Bloomsbury, Open Road Media, Belt Publishing, and other places, including a driving range behind a Dairy Queen and a liquor store in Chicago. I’ve taught at Kent State University and the University of Alabama. I currently work as an acquisitions editor and rights manager at the University of Alabam Press. I also write. I wrote an entire book actually. I’ll let you know when I convince someone to publish it. You can reach me at ptbeatty [at] gmail [dot] com.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is a no coast offense?

A: A no coast offense is an magical-realist American football offensive scheme where every play is 3rd and seven, and every play call is a five-yard out route that the quarterback throws into the ground at the feet of the receiver, who is not open and/or would have dropped it anyway. I don’t entirely know why I chose this B-minus football joke as an internet sobriquet circa 2008 but I also don’t care to unchoose it, so here we are. (Shorter: west coast offense is to no coast offense as high brow is to no brow.)

Q: Do you have a list of all the places you have received mail?

A:

Northeast Ohio I
0. Middleburg Heights (I was a baby, I don’t know if I got mail)
1. Berea I + Strongsville interlude (twelve years)
2. Berea II (four years)

Chicago I
3. Woodlawn (two years)
4. Hyde Park I (two years)
4a. Hyde Park II (one summer)
5. Palmer Square (eight months)

New York I
6. Cobble Hill (a month)
7. The lower upper east side (three months)

Chicago II
8a*. Pilsen I (three months)
8b*. Hyde Park III (six months)
9. Andersonville (three months)
10. Hyde Park IV (two and a half years)
11. Little Village (five months)
12. Pilsen II (one month)
*concurrent

New York II
13. Woodside (two months)
14. Crown Heights (three months)
15. Bushwick (nine months)
16. Sunset Park (four years eight months)

Northeast Ohio II
17. Edgewater, Cleveland (one year one month)

Alabama
18. Northport (four months)
19. Tuscaloosa I (two months)
20. Tuscaloosa II (three years six months)
21. Tuscaloosa III (ongoing)