Southside, Chicago: the sun rose and set against the backs of me and my five siblings as we played in our front yard, building cardboard forts, and chalk-writing stories on the cracked pavement.Throughout grade-school and high-school, I filled a parade of notebooks with detailed lies about the imagined lives of fictional strangers, creating even more life with my notebooks than my mother had with her body. Years later, I moved to Galesburg, IL, where I earned a BA in Creative Writing. I now live in BK, NY. Throughout the years I’ve written for more than half-a-dozen publications.
---Nicole Akoukou Thompson