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I was publishing a memoir about having been a professional dominatrix and a drug addict. People offended by the grotesque or criminal aspects of my story would take issue. People who believed that behaviors outside of social prescription were indeed “deviant” would judge me. People who didn’t believe in this… [Read More]
I get along with white people really well. Growing up, they brought peppermint bark down the cul-de-sac to my parents’ house every Christmas. They smiled at me, lone brown spot in the classroom, as we read Dr. King’s speech every February. In my graduate writing program, white classmates complimented… [Read More]
Perhaps what I find most fascinating about language is that it can both discriminate and be discriminating. It can impose harm or it can repair. It is in our mouths, on our buses, and trains. It’s graffiti, our hips, and our hands. We’re never not communicating. But for some of… [Read More]
I’ve noticed that each year, the majority of girls talk about heartbreak or being hurt by someone they loved. Girls as young as 13 years old rant about how the boy they loved treated them poorly, and how they run back to the boy. It hurts me because that is… [Read More]
Spotlighting The Academy’s online publication, Poem-a-Day, imagine receiving a poem by a vast array of American writers in your email inbox daily, or opening a newspaper to read a new poem that encapsulates the state of your heart at that moment, or instead of drowning in your infinite scrolling social… [Read More]
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