We may have the first winter snow on the ground here in Philadelphia, but at least one thing is in Bloom. A big shout out to Charles Flowers and Aaron Smith, and all the other Bloomers who make it happen! “Alien Boy” was inspired by a sad story a friend shared, one that stayed with me a long time and wouldn’t let go. I knew I needed to write about it. I’m grateful to know people who inspire, help shape, and/or print my work.