Marguerite Sheffer

Marguerite (Maggie) Sheffer is an educator and writer who lives in New Orleans. She is a founding member of Third Lantern Lit, a local writing collective, and the Nautilus and Wildcat writing groups. She received her MFA from Randolph College. She is a 2023 Veasna So Scholar in Fiction at The Adroit Journal. Find her stories at

The Observer's Cage

Of all of us, she was the most tied to the telescope. It had been her idea. All these men and their obsession with disk size. A thirty foot disk, a sixty foot disk, a hundred foot disk. Part of her genius was to imagine a different shape: the wide fragile net.