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  • When Saymoukda asked me to write for this incredible series, I struggled to find a center for the piece. While I make visual art and poetry, my primary art these days is writing in service to my Ph.D. I spend a good deal of time thinking about how storytelling is central to the process of making knowledge, and wanted to consider these things with you all. Here, I ask how power and identity shape the interactions of scholars and community members, and the effects of structural violence on experti…