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The Things We Carry

I’m packing away some things in a box; books, beautiful cloth I can’t decide how to sew, purses, beads. These aren’t everyday items, in fact they’ll be put away for months. But I can’t get rid of them. They’re my talismans, and each tells a story of the friend or stranger who sold or gifted them to me.

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3 Literary Things to Love About… Kenya

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June 1st is Madaraka Day in Kenya, marking when the East African nation regained self-rule. Here are three things to love about Kenya’s rich literary tradition:

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Why write non-fiction?

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I write for the pulse that flows through my fingers when the words are coming, for the zest of coherent thoughts, for the anxiety that comes with the energy of a story. It’s so bright that I want to run from it. Sometimes I do, I admit it. But when I don’t, it’s everything.

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