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I work on what I call “Collactivist Writing,” which is intentional multiple perspectives in conversation with one another, bringing out the personal and interpersonal truths in me and likely in others. The novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said, “The single story” — that is, some person’s narrative as to what he or she sees — “creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” Working against this sterotype, I write poems and nonfiction in this collective-activist (collactivist) mode. It’s a way of learning to understand myself and the world through an honest gathering of perspectives– from odious to joyful– and to express myself through various forms in poetry and prose. No one is discarded.

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