My Stutter Scared Me—Until I Found My Community
After each meeting I felt lighter, looser, having spent two hours listening only to disfluent speech—to voices that sounded like mine.
The New YorkerThe Wizard of Oz
Sophia Stewart is an editor, writer, and critic from Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, Hyperallergic, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn.
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