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  • As a black Minneapolitan, an immigrant living in the U.S., and a self-defined queer artist, I have learned not to find myself in places, but in carving out a response to them. When the majority of spaces you find yourself in do not look, speak, or feel like you, your thoughts and actions live not in tandem, but always in contrast to. I am ever seeking the bridges that might connect me to the larger organism. Even when I find some part of my identity reinforced within the dominant group — a coh…
  • “I'm a writer.” Saying that, I feel like I'm at an AA meeting. We’re asked to turn to our right and left and tell the people sitting next to us that we are writers. The prompt comes after we've all gone around the room introducing ourselves by name and place of origin. “I'm a writer,” I repeat to the smiling woman to my left. And this is how my New Orleans Writing Marathon begins, sitting in a ballroom at the historic Hotel Monteleone, near the edge of the French Quarter. The Marathon,…