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Maya Angelou’s Caged Bird and Me

By Allison Backous Troy

I first read Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings when I was thirteen. I discovered the book through an interview with Fiona Apple, one of the many female singer-songwriters whose mournful lyrics poured through my boom box speakers while I slogged my way through the kickboxing routine that, according to Seventeen, would slim my hips.

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Can’t a Dad Hug His Boy?

By Vic Sizemore

When I sat down to work at my computer yesterday morning, I checked my email and saw the stories on the news feed: another madman shoots random people; global warming disaster almost certain; radical politicians calling for rebellion, secession; the rich hoarding everything, the poor getting more desperate.

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Avoiding the Mirror

By Cathy Warner

I have circled around this story several times, trying to write my way into it. I begin with an inciting event:

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