So Long, Chapman

When I left home on August 21, 2019 to pursue my MFA at Chapman University, I had no idea what I was stepping into. I was sad walking away from my family at the airport, hearing my mother cry as I tugged on my suitcases and turned my back from the life I’ve known and … Continue reading So Long, Chapman

12 Questions Series: Where did you come from

In Bhanu Kapil’s book, The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers, there’s a Twelve Questions poem that I knew I wanted to find answers to the moment I read it. I love a great exercise of interrogation and of course, the hope that in some small ways, I discover some truth, come across a changed thought or simply better understand … Continue reading 12 Questions Series: Where did you come from

12 Questions Series: Who are you and whom do you love?

In Bhanu Kapil’s book, The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers, there’s a Twelve Questions poem that I knew I wanted to find answers to the moment I read it. I love a great exercise of interrogation and of course, the hope that in some small ways, I discover some truth, come across a changed thought or … Continue reading 12 Questions Series: Who are you and whom do you love?

Book Review: The Heavy Work of Reckoning in Nadia Owusu’s ‘Aftershocks’

The memoir begins with a curiosity and attentiveness of seven-year-old Nadia that isn’t startling, isn’t unexpected of a child but is indeed, a meaningful (albeit costly) tool that proves effective as the writer navigates a life marked by changes, motion, violence and a kind of absence that drags its weight through the years – steady … Continue reading Book Review: The Heavy Work of Reckoning in Nadia Owusu’s ‘Aftershocks’

My First Protest in America: A Brief Witnessing & Haunting Inquiry

“I did not know then that this is what life is - just when you master the geometry of one world, it slips away, and suddenly again, you're swarmed by strange shapes and impossible angles.” - Ta-Nehisi Coates I remember my friend telling me about racism when I arrived in America in August last year … Continue reading My First Protest in America: A Brief Witnessing & Haunting Inquiry