"Your Friend, Carey Dean"

“It was one execution that began my twenty-three-year friendship with death row inmate Carey Dean Moore and another one that ended it.”

That’s the first sentence of my essay, “Your friend, Carey Dean,” which was a finalist in the Missouri Review’s 2018 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize contest. I’m grateful for this acknowledgment of the story of my friendship with Carey Dean Moore, who was on Nebraska’s Death Row for two murders that he committed n 1979 when he was 21. On August 14, 2018, the state of Nebraska executed my friend.