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  • When we first visited the James J. Hill House on Summit Hill in St. Paul, it was the leather wallpaper in the dining room that stopped us. The walls were covered with the rippled skin of an animal—no, dozens of animals. The tour guide said that Hill had imported the hide from the U.S. Virgin Islands, that he had imported the wood for the ornate hand-carved woodwork as well. The ceiling was gilded gold. There was a partition on one of the walls. It was meant for hiding.  It was meant for the s…
  • Free Black Dirt was born serendipitously in a community college LGBTQ literature class in 2001, when two nerdy Black girls connected for the first time. And to what extent, we are joyously and curiously still discovering. We are Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus, and Free Black Dirt is our love child of creativity, boldness and desire to create a world of narrative, story and transformation that will amplify the healing and holding that goes on in this world. We grew up being book worms and librar…
  • When we first visited the James J. Hill House on Summit Hill in St. Paul, it was the leather wallpaper in the dining room that stopped us. The walls were covered with the rippled skin of an animal—no, dozens of animals. The tour guide said that Hill had imported the hide from the U.S. Virgin Islands, that he had imported the wood for the ornate hand-carved woodwork as well. The ceiling was gilded gold. There was a partition on one of the walls. It was meant for hiding.  It was meant for the s…
  • When we first visited the James J. Hill House on Summit Hill in St. Paul, it was the leather wallpaper in the dining room that stopped us. The walls were covered with the rippled skin of an animal—no, dozens of animals. The tour guide said that Hill had imported the hide from the U.S. Virgin Islands, that he had imported the wood for the ornate hand-carved woodwork as well. The ceiling was gilded gold. There was a partition on one of the walls. It was meant for hiding.  It was meant for the s…
  • Free Black Dirt was born serendipitously in a community college LGBTQ literature class in 2001, when two nerdy Black girls connected for the first time. And to what extent, we are joyously and curiously still discovering. We are Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus, and Free Black Dirt is our love child of creativity, boldness and desire to create a world of narrative, story and transformation that will amplify the healing and holding that goes on in this world. We grew up being book worms and librar…
  • Free Black Dirt was born serendipitously in a community college LGBTQ literature class in 2001, when two nerdy Black girls connected for the first time. And to what extent, we are joyously and curiously still discovering. We are Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus, and Free Black Dirt is our love child of creativity, boldness and desire to create a world of narrative, story and transformation that will amplify the healing and holding that goes on in this world. We grew up being book worms and librar…
  • Free Black Dirt was born serendipitously in a community college LGBTQ literature class in 2001, when two nerdy Black girls connected for the first time. And to what extent, we are joyously and curiously still discovering. We are Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus, and Free Black Dirt is our love child of creativity, boldness and desire to create a world of narrative, story and transformation that will amplify the healing and holding that goes on in this world. We grew up being book worms and librar…