Deborah A. Lott

Antioch University Los Angeles Undergraduate Writing Faculty Deborah A. Lott’s essay “My Cultural Appropriation” was published in the online journal Scoundrel Time.

As I began to take small-scale social action, my world and my limited notions of other people grew. The movement enabled me to engage with a world larger than my family, my school, my community. The civil rights movement was not “my” cause, but it helped me to overcome my own shame, to move beyond a limited vision of my own power and my own identity. It helped to save me—but that was not its purpose. I hope that those demonstrating now will find their experiences meaningful in some of the same ways. But I also hope they will have more clarity than I had about the limits of empathy and the dangers of projection.

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Caitlin Coey ‘21

Caitlin Coey‘s ‘21 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) poem, “The rope and the hole,” appeared in Awakened Voices and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

C. Imani Williams ‘10

C. Imani Williams’s ‘10 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) book, Rootwork: Triumph Over Trauma, was published.

Nathan Elias ‘18

Nathan Elias’s ‘18 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) novel, Coil Quake Rift, was published by Montag Press.

Toni Ann Johnson ‘08

Toni Ann Johnson ‘08 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) was a guest on the Missouri Review’s Miller Aud-cast podcast.

Gabriella Souza ‘19

Gabriella Souza‘s ‘19 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) flash piece, “Little Feet,” was published in Cleaver and nominated for The Best Small Fictions anthology.

Gwynne Garfinkle ‘06

Gwynne Garfinkle’s ‘06 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) novel, Can’t Find My Way Home, will be published on January 15 by Aqueduct Press.

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