I learned to read at home; then, when I was about six years old, the public schools of Cleveland, Ohio, introduced me to the classics. I've been writing for publication since 1961, when I had a story in the student literary magazine at the University of Illinois; it was a parody — "Chicken Little" as Dostoevsky would have written it. In the years since, my work's appeared in a pretty wide range of magazines and anthologies, and my books have been published by notably different sorts of presses, eg, Doubleday and Shameless Hussy.
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It seems to me that the best art is political and you ought to make it irrevocably political and unquestionably beautiful at the same time.
— Toni Morrison