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Writing the Canon of Now

“Our stories are like a glittering, infinitely faceted gem.”


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Bright Lines

s not just that the stories included arent ever about people like me. Its that when people like me do show up, we are footnotes, one-dimensional bit players, only there to embellish the real story. The canon lives in and around and all over me.”

The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing

s what I think about when I sit down to write. I think, ‘Lets make the canon of now.’”

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White Teeth

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Bright Lines

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Tanwi Nandini Islam is the author of Bright Lines, a finalist for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her writing has appeared in Vice.com. Elle.com, Open City, Billboard.com and Gawker. She is the founder of Hi Wildflower Botanica, a small-batch, niche perfume, candle, and skincare line. A graduate of Brooklyn College MFA and Vassar College, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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