The Optics of Opportunity

The story of a literary fellowship that maybe wasn’t so strange at all

Hafizah Geter
Gay Mag

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Illustration: George Peters / Getty Images

“H“Hey, nigger, nigger, nigger,” Jackson Taylor, the writing instructor, called out, pointing his finger at me from across the Chelsea loft that had been renovated into our classroom. I and 13 writers had been invited to participate in a mysterious writing fellowship funded by the Barnes & Noble founder…

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Hafizah Geter
Gay Mag

Born in Zaria, Nigeria, Hafizah Geter‘s work has appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Longreads, & Tin House. www.hafizahgeter.com