Blaise Allysen Kearsley

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Blaise Allysen Kearsley is a Brooklyn-based writer and creative nonfiction writing teacher. She is currently working on a memoir about growing up biracial in the 80's punk scene. She is a contributing editor at Vestal Review and the creator/producer/host of the How I Learned storytelling series. On Instagram she's @blaiseallysen, but to learn how to pronounce all of her names visit her at


Cover Photo: An illustration of a Black man in four different poses—holding a camera up to his face, mixing colors on a paint palette, painting on a canvas, and sanding a piece of wood.
The Story of My Father’s Hands

In that motel room I saw my father forever altered, with lasting wounds, like the scar on one of his hands—hands I’d studied and knew by heart.