Boen Wang is an MFA candidate in nonfiction at the University of Pittsburgh. You can read more of his work here.

Ex Nihilo: On Creation, Immigration, and Change
By Boen Wang

We drove west through Ohio on I-70 towards Columbus, my dad in the passenger seat and my mom in the backseat trying to sleep, asking if I could turn off the music. The landscape was preternaturally flat, any hint of elevation change smoothed away by prehistoric glaciers. Monochrome fields merged with the horizon. Forests of apocalypse-black trees stood beneath a sky the color of wet newspaper.