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Dionne Ford

Dionne Ford is author of the memoir Go Back and Get It (Bold Type, forthcoming 2023) and coeditor of the anthology Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation (Rutgers UP, 2019). An NEA creative-writing fellow, her work has also won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. She holds an MFA in creative writing from NYU and a BA from Fordham University, where she teaches creative writing.


Returning to Nature

Winter 2022 | Columns

We read Paradise Lost my senior year of high school in Mr. P’s AP English class. Mr. P was married to my first-year English teacher, whose maiden name was often confused in my mind with the delicate membrane, sought after and highly treasured, that we girls were cautioned not to lose too soon. I loved that teacher.