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Jaquira Díaz
Ordinary Girls (Algonquin Books, October), a debut memoir examining the author’s childhood as a runaway, juvenile delinquent, and high school dropout who finds love and family; a fierce, unflinching account of ordinary girls leading extraordinary liv
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My Mfa Experience
One of the tried-and-true pieces of advice dispensed to the hundreds of writers applying to MFA programs each year goes something like this: “Talk to current or former students.” While this remains a valuable tip—who better to tell you what a certain
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Merwin’s Garden
On the northern coast of the Hawai’ian island Maui, off a road leading down to the cliffs above the shore, a lush forest grows. Mango trees covered in vines stand next to palms as tall as eighty feet, while heliconia and hibiscus grow far beneath the