Thank you to the 105  authors — from 25 states and 13 countries — who participated in our MY FIRST JOB Poetry & Prose Series, which ran from May 7 through July 4, 2017. Many thanks to the following authors for sharing stories and poems about their fledgling days in the workforce!

Elisa Adams (New York)
Elizabeth Alford (California)
Allen Ashley (England)
Ginger Beck (Arkansas)
Nina Bennett (Deleware)
Kerry E.B. Black (Pennsylvania)
Shelly Blankman (Maryland)
Steve Bogdaniec (Illinois)
Janet Bowdan (Massachusetts)
Jayne Buckland (England)
Karyl Carmignani (California)
John Carney (Pennsylvania)
Allison Carvalho (Illinois)
Tricia Marcella Cimera (Illinois)
Ava C. Cipri (Pennsylvania)
Wanda Clevenger (Illinois)
Marion Deutsche Cohen (Pennsylvania)
Joan Colby (Illinois)
Patricia Coleman (New York)
Clive Collins (Japan)
Dan Coxon (England)
Neil Creighton (Australia)
Barbara Crooker (Pennsylvania)
Linda Crosfield (Canada)
Bruce Louis Dodson (Sweden)
Meg Eden (Maryland)
Amanda Eifert (Canada)
Barbara Eknoian (California)
Jeanne Ellin (England)
Ellen Evans (Rhode Island)
Vern Fein (Illinois)
Melissa Ford Thornton (Alabama)
Vincent Francone (Illinois)
Jeri Frederickson (Illinois)
Susanna Fussenegger (Pennsylvania)
Martina R. Gallegos (California)
Brad G. Garber (Oregon)
Anuja Ghimire (Nepal)
Susan W. Goldstein (Florida)
Vince Gotera (Iowa)
Vijaya Gowrisankar (India)
Vicki M. Grey (Pennsylvania)
John Hardic (Pennsylvania)
Oz Hardwick (England)
Lynn-Marie Harper (England)
Richard Harries (England)
Jennifer Hernandez (Massachusetts)
Sabrina Hicks (Arizona)
Elizabeth Hilts (Connecticut)
Stephen Howarth (England)
Mathias Jansson (Sweden)
Joseph Johnston (Michigan)
Derek Kannemeyer (Virginia)
Phyllis Klein (California)
Jennifer Lagier (California)
Kathleen A. Lawrence (New York)
Joan Leotta (North Carolina)
Joseph Lisowski (Virginia)
Rick Lupert (California)
Marjorie Maddox (Pennsylvania)
Tamara Madison (California)
Betsy Mars (California)
Carolyn Martin (Oregon)
Mary McCarthy (Florida)
Janet McGinness (New Jersey)
Linda McKenney (New York)
Bob McNeil (New York)
Terri Miller (Florida)
Penelope Moffet (California)
Alice Morris (Delaware)
Leah Mueller (Washington)
Lylanne Musselman (Indiana)
Paul Nebenzahl (Illinois)
Robbi Nester (California)
Maria Nestorides (Cyprus)
Petros Papadapoulos (Greece)
Alan Pattison (England)
Candace Pearson (California)
Tim Phillipart (Michigan)
Sandi Phillips (England)
Patrick T. Reardon (Illinois)
Luisa Kay Reyes (Alabama)
Jim Ross (Maryland)
Alexis Rotella (Maryland)
d.r. sanchez (Pennsylvania)
Karen Sawyer (Texas)
Leslie Sittner (New York)
Annette Skade (Ireland)
Gary Smillie (England)
J.L. Smith (Maryland)
Jo Taylor (Georgia)
G. Murray Thomas (California)
Angela Treviño (Illinois)
Vincent Van Ross (India)
Lynne Viti (Massachusetts)
Daniel Wade (Ireland)
Alan Walowitz (New York)
Mercedes Webb-Pullman (New Zealand)
Steve Werkmeister (Kansas)
Kelley White (New Hampshire)
Lynn White (Wales)
Lin Whitehouse (England)
Adjoa Wiredu (England)
Jonathan Yungkans (California)
Joanie HF Zosike (New York)

PHOTO: Welder at boat and submarine building yard, 1943 (Bernard Hoffman, LIFE Magazine).