"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."
Reflections on three generations of family and community in Michigan.
"Sometimes when I am driving down the freeway...I think of the reasons I love Detroit."
How the war touched one Northeast Ohio neighborhood.
A writer goes in search of a community worthy of the title—and her own Midwestern identity.