I learned to read at home before the end of kindergarten; by the time I was ten years old, the libraries and public schools of Ohio, Florida, Indiana and Wisconsin had introduced me to literature. 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.  Since then, my work's appeared in a range of magazines and anthologies, and my books have been published by a variety of presses, from Alta’s radical feminist Shameless Hussy to conventional Doubleday.  

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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


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