The Challenge of Finding Balance

Today I discuss a key challenge facing me with my creative writing: balancing authenticity with concern on how my work impacts the larger narratives about my marginalized and frequently misunderstood community.


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A native Seattleite and East Coast transplant, I have been interested in politics, religion, and race from the day I saw “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” on the bookshelf belonging to my BFF’s mom back in 1991. While my zealotry has thankfully diminished with maturity, I remain the deep thinking, passionate, and humble woman I have always been.

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  1. It was so nice to see your video! I heard an author interview on NPR last week, and the author said she was hindered at some point in her writing by trying to figure out how her words would be perceived by This Group or That Group. Finally she had to just write her story and stop trying to write it for those groups because it was HER story. Something in your video reminded me of that. 🙂

    I’ve read bits of your story on your blog years ago, and I think sharing your story – the good times and bad times, those who weren’t there for you, and those who were – just being real, will resonate with many people no matter which community we come from. Some things we will relate to, and other things we won’t relate to, but we can learn from your story.

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