Writing in the Face of Fear

A Black woman writes with a pen in a notebook at a desk
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I came to writing through fear. A recurring feature of my childhood was going without the basic necessities we need, especially as children, to make us feel safe: food, attention and shelter. What many people are experiencing as we shelter in place, and worry about what the unknown, infinite-possibility-laden future holds, I taught myself to tame 30 years ago when I first put pen to looseleaf paper to move my anxiety and despair out of my…