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In Her Last Book, Valerie Boyd Amplifies the Voices of Black Writers

To say that Valerie Boyd was a critically acclaimed writer, editor and educator doesn’t do her justice. And when she passed away in February at age 58 after a five-year battle with pancreatic cancer, she left behind an incredible legacy. “Wrapped in Rainbows,” Valerie Boyd’s biography of Zora Neale Hurston, is considered one of the

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How to Tell If You Grew Up in a Cult

Daniella Mestyanek Young’s memoir “Uncultured” explores the parallels between her childhood in the Children of God and her time serving in the U.S. army The first chapter of Daniella Mestyanek Young’s memoir Uncultured opens with a screech: It is 1993 and Mestyanek Young—then 5 years old—is inside a commune in Brazil, standing at the back

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Julie Powell Took Food Writing to a Franker, Darker Place

At the end of the year that Julie Powell spent cooking every recipe (more or less) from Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” she came to mayonnaise collée. It is a hand-whisked mayonnaise thickened with gelatin — a kind of stiff, salty garnish that was piped decoratively over aspics and the like in

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Brian O’Hare: On Self-Actualization Through Fiction

Brian O’Hare, originally from Pittsburgh, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and former U.S. Marine Corps officer, now an award-winning writer and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Find him on Twitter , Facebook , and Instagram , and at his website BrianOHare.com . In this post, Brian discusses the process of writing his

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Within the Margins: Finding Myself in Writing

Photo by Stocksnap on Pixabay Growing up, I spent most of my time either playing dress up in my room and acting out scenes from movies or writing in my journal. More often than not, I was writing. I remember first writing about my dad being in Iraq when I was in third grade. It

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A better way to teach writing? Try journalism

iStock.com First there was Nathalie, an English language learner who whispered that she’d never done well in English, never liked it, but this course was different . And her writing was getting better. Then there was Nseandra, who avoided the news because it was depressing and paralyzing. Yet Nseandra became one of my strongest reporters,

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Frank Kensaku Saragosa felt a bit uneasy as he walked past the tents that lined the sidewalk along downtown San Diego’s East Village.

Frank Kensaku Saragosa felt a bit uneasy as he walked past the tents that lined the sidewalk along downtown San Diego’s East Village. “I used to stay over there,” he said, pointing to an embankment off Commercial Street near Interstate 5. Saragosa, 56, was anxious that some of the homeless people in the sidewalk encampments

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