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FISSURE: A LIFE BETWEEN CULTURES
My serialized essay collection, Fissure: A Life Between Cultures, launched with its first installment on Monday, January 8, 2024 on this website. Fissure is a memoir in twelve essays, five of which have been published in literary journals, one in an anthology. One of the essays, "Naturalization," was notable in Best American Essays 2014. Serialization starts with the Author's Note
The collection explores my lived experience of bicultural belonging and identity, the role of language in identity, the effects of colonization in post-colonial Dinétah (Navajo Country), and more. Stories and reflection look into my settler heritage as the child of evangelical missionaries in the Navajo Nation, continuing through my later work in Diné bilingual-bicultural education, probing how colonization has been part of systemic racism in the US and the debt I may owe to the Indigenous culture that continues to play a part in my life.
Segments post on Mondays and Fridays under the "Fissure" tab in the Menu. There is a Table of Contents tab to help you keep the entries in order in case you miss any or to get you started if you join late. There will always be brief (a sentence or two) newsletter notification of each new installment if you subscribe.
FISSURE, CHAPTER IV, INSTALLMENT 2
Chapter IV, Installment 2 of "In the Girls Room" from Fissure: A Life Between Cultures has posted to my website. "In the Girls Room" explores my parents' contrasting ways as guests in the Navajo Nation, I've tried to make sense of what I witnessed, eventually forging my own path in Dinétah. You can read, comment, and share at https://www.annaredsand.com/blog/posts/44074
FISSURE: CHAPTER IV, INSTALLMENT 1
Chapter IV, Installment 1 of "In the Girls Room" from Fissure: A Life Between Cultures has posted to my website. "In the Girls Room" shows how, throughout my life, I have parsed what I and others observed of my parents' contrasting ways as guests in Dinetah. It tells how I have attempted to make sense of what I heard and saw and to find my own path in that land. You can read, comment, and share at https://www.annaredsand.com/blog/posts/44058 .