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What I could do in a single day

What could I do in a single day, a single sun-up to sundown with the voice silenced? A single day that I don’t turn to my right, hand on the refrigerator door, and look clear across to the mirror in the dining room, at the paunch and ask, “are you sure you need that snack?” […]

Your life as an undocumented Dreamer

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Your life as an undocumented Dreamer

Imagine this: You are six months old. Your mother wraps you in a hand-knit blanket her sister gave you and heads off on a long trip. Maybe she’s hungry, tired of struggling. Maybe she fears her life and yours are in danger from the violence all around her. Or maybe not. You don’t know. You’re […]

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The island rain

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The jungle comes in for a hug on either side The people ahead of me outpace me Stretched long with good nutrition and a certainly they belong where they’ve been planted I have snuck myself into their lives And they haven’t realized what’s intruded. The beaten road won’t be shaken from my feet. Turning my […]

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Laundry and the Temple of Chaos

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Okay, let’s get this out of the way: I’m messy. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that messiness promotes creativity (don’t believe me? Link to the article below), so it’s all good, peeps. Seriously. Except, here’s the catch: I only ever seem to find organized men to pair up with. So, you know, […]

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I am on a fast

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I am on a fast

A social media fast, that is. It began like this: my mornings usually begin with some CNN on in the background, occasionally muted so I can surf Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. When my squirrel attention can take it, I go over to Flipboard and scan my curated “magazines,” – Politics, News (mostly politics, frankly, not […]

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Social Justice in YA Fiction

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I subscribe to Book Riot updates because they have awesome articles that keep me informed on what’s up in the book world and help my to-read pile get taller (not that I need any more help in that department). So imagine my delight and surprise to find an article after my own heart, Social Justice […]

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A note on revenge queries

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What are revenge queries? I am in the process of querying for my second agent. It feels a little like walking across the gym to ask someone to dance, plus a job interview, plus being covered in honey and being left out in the hot sun to be eaten up by ravenous ants. Bad, is […]

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Thank you, Maplewood South Orange Book Festival!

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Thank you, Maplewood South Orange Book Festival!

I had a great time at the first ever Maplewood South Orange Book Festival. I was fortunate enough to be on a panel called “Survival in the New World: The Immigrant Experience in Young Adult Fiction,” with Marina Budhos and Sheba Karim. One of my favorite things about appearing at book festivals is learning from other writers. […]

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I still dream of America

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An author I greatly admire posted on social media earlier today. Her post was a picture of some flowers behind a wooden fence. Beyond it, far away and in a mild breeze, an American flag. The caption read, ” Do you still dream of America?” The picture suggested a dream of an America out of reach, like […]

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The Wonder

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The Wonder

The 1970s TV version of Wonder Woman taught me a lot of things. It taught me that shiny fabric is fabulous. It introduced me to the wonders of a good pair of boots. But, coming as it did on the heels of my crossing of the Mexican border into the U.S. at the age of […]

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