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N.K. Jemisin is a transplanted Southerner growing (surprisingly well) in the cold stony soil of Boston, Massachusetts. Her short fiction has appeared in the Scattered, Covered, Smothered anthology from Two Cranes Press, Ideomancer, and Fishnet. She is a 2002 graduate of the Viable Paradise writer's workshop, a current member of the Boston-Area SF Writers' Group, and the 2004 winner of the Speculative Literature Foundation's Travel Grant.

N. K. Jemisin, illustration by Frank Wu in our archives
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21 Nov 2022

As far back as I could remember, Oma warned me about the bats. She said they would eat me if they found me exposed at night. But I knew the green light of the moon would protect me, even when I was still smaller than Oma.
The truth is: / she does not have to bend into a ceramic plate to carry us beautifully, & my father / isn't the hand that will break her.
the rattle of the rails, the shuffling-muttering of hundreds of passengers nestled in the one long limb of you
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