Lena Crown is a writer from Oakland, California. Her work is published or forthcoming in Entropy, Hobart, Pidgeonholes, Atticus Review, Oyez Review and Porter House Review, among others. She is currently stationed outside Washington, D.C., pursuing an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at George Mason University.
A twenty-three-year-old writer is sitting in her St. Louis apartment on a winter night when she begins to feel unusually cold. She repeatedly takes her own temperature with a green plastic thermometer.