W. Vandoren Wheeler was born, eventually, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. At first he would not come out. The nurse asked his dad to hold the broken oxygen mask over his wife's mouth. The doctor accidentally made too wide a cut. This wide cut let the doc reach inside, discover, and unwrap the umbilical cord noosed around Baby Vando's neck. Bill and Mary Ann Wheeler then raised him right. He earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College. His lovely wife, Sylvia Ciborowski, is not actually but could pass as Polish royalty. He is learning to teach writing and literature in Portland, Oregon. Van asks you to be careful out there, but not too careful.


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