or, “the time I almost died”

My name is Pete Beatty. I am a writer, teacher, and editor. I’ve worked for the University of Chicago Press, Bloomsbury, Open Road Media, the University of Alabama Press 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 currently teach in the English Department at the University of Alabama. I also write. I wrote an entire book actually. You can reach me at ptbeatty [at] gmail [dot] com.


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 chose this B-minus football joke as an internet sobriquet circa 2008, so here we are. (Shorter: west coast offense: no coast offense :: high brow is : no brow.)

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


Northeast Ohio I
0. Middleburg Heights (one year)
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)

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)

18. Northport (four months)
19. Tuscaloosa I (two months)
20. Tuscaloosa II (three years six months)
21. Tuscaloosa III (one year five months)
22. Tuscaloosa IV (one year six months)
23. Birmingham I (ongoing)