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Keenan Norris

Keenan Norris’s latest book, Chi Boy: Native Sons and Chicago Reckonings, was published on January 9, 2023. He is the author of the story collection By the Lemon Tree and the novels The Confession of Copeland Cane and Brother and the Dancer. Native to the Inland Empire, he now lives in San Leandro, California. 

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An Alta Journal Special Report: A State of Extremes

A tour of community colleges reveals that students’ hardships and opportunities—like all things in California—are unequally distributed.

Jan 10, 2023
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She Who Remembers

As a playwright, an activist, and Oakland’s inaugural poet laureate, Ayodele Nzinga boldly forges new narratives from the Black diaspora.

Apr 5, 2022
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Being a ‘Double Minority’ Made Me a Better Writer

The tragic closing of Mills College and the beautiful absurdity of being one of a handful of Black men at a private, predominantly women’s school in one of America’s Blackest cities.

Apr 7, 2021
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One Coyote

Coming of age during the 1990s in an Inland Empire suburb amid dogs, snakes, scorpions—and racism.

Oct 26, 2020
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