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by David Kirby • from Prairie Schooner
David Kirby teaches at Florida State University. He is the author of Little Richard: The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll, which the Times Literary Supplement of London called "a hymn of praise to the emancipatory power of nonsense."
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Deadline: July 15th
"I take care of Grazina in lieu of paying rent. It's the only way I manage to live and write in New York City on my own. Like most young writers before me, I came to the city hoping to better inform my art. But, more practically, I came to the city to go to school. My single mother, being an immigrant from Vietnam and living in a housing project in Hartford, Connecticut, cannot afford to pay for my education let alone support my vague ambition to become a writer. As the oldest son in a Vietnamese household, it's my "filial duty" to obtain an education and provide a house, a home for my mother to grow old in. It's a responsibility I accept and embrace with pride." —Ocean Vuong MORE
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