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Driving west on a local highway early one morning, I met a runner trudging along at the edge of morning traffic. Sweat dripping from his face, he took care to stay in the berm as semi trailers and morning commuters flew by. Through my windshield I spied a look of pain that revealed an all-too-familiar message: "This is hard. I'm not sure I can...read more
A trip to England, a writing workshop in Alaska, visits with my kids in Nashville and Chicago, a friend's wedding ... The list of things I've missed during this pandemic is lengthy and counting the losses can be discouraging, even painful. I'm sure it's the same for you. Some freedoms -- such as dining in restaurants, going to movies and...read more
"Let us speak for ourselves." The words stung, but they needed to be said. In response to an all-white panel discussion a few years ago around the topic "how can white authors write about and for people of color", this one statement gave us the answer we needed. Step aside. Hand us the microphone. Let us speak. Fueled by the events of the past...read more