Tailoring My Clothes, Fitting into My Life in America
My idea of home had changed, so I took the symbolic step of finding a new tailor—marking Philadelphia as a place that now fit me right, too.
Michelle Chikaonda (she/her) is a nonfiction writer from Blantyre, Malawi. She is a Voices of Our Nations (VONA) Workshop fellow, a Tin House Summer Workshop alumna, and has presented at several Association of Writing and Writing Programs (AWP) conferences. A contributing editor for nonfiction at Electric Literature, she is also currently published at Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, the Broad Street Review, Business Insider, and Africa is A Country, among others. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @machikaonda.
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