Georgina Lawton discusses her debut memoir, RACELESS.
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This book is a marriage of the real world and the imagination, the nexus of nonfiction and fiction. ...more
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Morgan Jerkins discusses her new book, WANDERING IN STRANGE LANDS.
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Shonda Buchanan discusses her new memoir, BLACK INDIAN.
Tags: Abuse, addiction, Alice Walker, American Indian, ancestry, biracial, biracial identity, black bodies, Black Indian, Cherokee, Coharie, colorism, cycle of abuse, Equipoise: Poems from Goddess Country, ethnicity, family, heritage, Indigenous, intergenerational trauma, internalized racism, Lily Caraballo, los angeles, Meherrin, memoir, molestation, Native American, nonfiction, North Carolina, poetry, PTSD, research, Shonda Buchanan, slavery, stereotypes, trauma, violence, Virginia, Who’s Afraid of Black Indians?, zora neale hurston
Always, when my father spoke to me in words I could not understand, my guilt spoke back. ...more
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I married a man who is related to me. I started dating him when I was seventeen and of course, my mother immediately liked him. He grew up in my parents’ hometown. ...more
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To this day no one really knows where my kris came from or whether or not it’s a significant part of my family history, if it’s a random object or an heirloom with an untold story. ...more
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When I was young, she would tell me we were part Navajo. ...more
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There were chains. History books always describe the chains. ...more
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Aside from a few shared scribbles of genetic code, it is difficult to say exactly what keeps us tethered to our distant ancestors. Over at Oxford American, Alex Mar thinks through the implications of incorporating these stories into our personal narratives as she confronts the terrible deeds of her oft-claimed ancestor—the conquistador, Ponce de León. “This […]
[T]he questions pile up, never to be answered. ...more
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Over at Maud Newton’s website—a letter, to you, on old family letters. Dusty old leaves from the early 1900s, excavated from here or there. Grandpa’s love triangle. An apology from the sanitarium in which Aunt Louise died. There’s magic in letters. Ah—but where? In a letter I wrote last year for The Rumpus’ Letters in […]
Thinking my grandfather was from here deepened my experience of Plovdiv. I felt closer to the city, to the people, and to my own family. ...more
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