Joe Cervelin

Joe Cervelin's work has appeared in Fourteen Hills, More Bridges: The 2007 SFWC Anthology, Switchback, and elsewhere. This essay won Best Writing Award at the 2007 San Francisco Writers Conference. Learn more at

The Beach as Office


I go to the beach in January. Sometimes I bring a sweater and a hat. I go to the beach in June in work clothes and roll up the cuffs. It reminds me why I’m still in California, what my rent really includes, that I’m alive…