Current Focus: Sneaky Feels
Suspended between continents and cultures, Donald Quist charts the forceful undercurrents of an American identity. Through these essays Quist explores feelings of oppression and alienation as he wrestles with a single act of violence in a Washington, D.C. suburb, racial tensions in a rural South Carolina town, and the welcome anonymity of crowded Bangkok streets. These personal narratives are rich with Quist’s experience growing up as a person of color caught between parents, socioeconomic classes, and the countries he calls home.
2016 Essay Series
"A person so close to the veil would feel the energy tethering him between the earth and his being, and between his being and the divine. And why wouldn’t that energy temporarily obliterate his pain and crack him open like a sorcerer’s stone through the most sublime release the human body can experience?"
"Reading We the Animals by Justin Torres—a novel about a young Puerto Rican growing up in upstate New York, raised by an unstable white mother and heavily influenced by his not so present Puerto Rican father—I heard my story for the first time."
"As a survivor of abuse, I find that the social reactions to the details of the abuse I have suffered serve only to prolong that sense of isolation."
Liz Blood and P. E. Garcia talk about "Outsiders".
The question of “Where is it safe to be Black & alive?” haunts the diaspora.
"I started to feel like a cultural appropriator. I started to feel like I was appropriating myself."
I am a non-binary person and a Russian American. On the surface, I am an American woman. There’s a difference, I want to say. The difference means something.