Shawn(ta) Smith, Queens College

Shawn(ta) Smith, Queens College

Posted 8.9.11

I chose an MFA in fiction because as a librarian, I have access to all "information" and find that truth wavers along that thin fiction line. Surrounding my life are ancestor-spirits who've charged me the task of storytelling on their behalf, first-person. My politics walk in hand with public education, thus CUNY [City University of New York] is my home. In my writing, I want to queer a statement by making it a question, and it is Queens College’s campus, filled with integrity, remoteness, and personal excitement, that allows me to explore the possibilities of sex, race, and spirit in my words.

Shawn(ta) Smith, Queens College
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Pieter van Hattem

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