Watchword: How Octavia Butler Teaches Us Persistence
Of all the things that have come and gone in my life, I wanted this one thing, just one: to be a writer.
Mensah Demary is editor-in-chief of Soft Skull Press. His writing has appeared in The Common, Unruly Bodies, Vice, Salon, Slate, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. Find him on Twitter @futuremensah.
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