An elegy for a wounded place.
From the Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook.
That summer, my parents and I were arguing about God.
Walking around Columbus, Ohio, the influence of Frank Packard's architecture is everywhere you look.
"Almost every girl I know has the same story about a car, about a boy. This is mine."
Learning the racial geography of Indiana as a young Black girl in the 1980s.
On family, community, and gardening as social practice.
On childhood summers at a black enclave in Michigan, and the moment everything changed.
Stories, recounted and repeated and insisted upon, accumulate.
"During my visits to to the nursing home, Dad and I have sometimes settled into chairs to time-travel through a photo album."
"There was always a sense of something missing, a story still jumbled and incomplete..." From "Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology."
A tour of Milwaukee's conflicted Grohmann Museum. From "The Milwaukee Anthology."