Remembering Matthew Shepard’s Legacy in His Own Backyard
In this small town of Laramie, what you say matters. It gets around. The only way to combat the misinformation is to keep telling the truth.
Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
And only Matthew in the sky
The Laramie ProjectThe Matthew Shepard StoryMatthew Shepard Is a Friend of MineThe New York Times
...In the west,
they are tying a boy to a fence and leaving him to die,
his face unrecognizable behind a mask
of blood. His body, icon
of loss, growing meaningful
against his will.
The Laramie Project Matthew Shepard Was a Friend of Mine
The Laramie ProjectMatthew Shepard Was a Friend of Mine
The Book of Matt
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Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer and educator. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Wyoming and a 2016 VONA/Voices fellow. Her work has appeared in/is forthcoming from Apogee, CALYX, and The Rumpus, with essays in Huffington Post, Bustle, and HelloGiggles, among others. Her story “Curiosities” was shortlisted in Cosmonauts Avenue’s 2018 Nonfiction Contest judged by Ocean Vuong. She serves on the editorial staff of Adroit Journal and is finishing a collection of linked stories about a Chinese-American family. Find her at jennytinghui.com / @pantaloonies
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