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The Manifest-Station just published my open (love) letter to my family/community. Please share.

I used to think I should be strong. And independent. Only. And at all times. I thought it was unsafe to need and to be weak and vulnerable.
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"Last week, someone suggested I was a terrorist. Through a bullhorn. I was in line for the security check to observe the trial of a man who, in a different trial, had already been convicted of genocide."

My new essay. Please share widely.

It’s 11:09 pm. In seven hours, a taxi will take me to the airport. I listen to “Home” by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros and let my…
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New essay about my recent visit home, the ICE raids, and why Guatemalans go to the U.S.

It’s 11:09 pm. In seven hours, a taxi will take me to the airport. I listen to “Home” by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros and let my…
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In Ixil, we accompany those who have been threatened and harassed for being witnesses in the genocide case. Guatemalan rapper Rebeca Lane shows the faces of some of those witnesses who say to the world: "Si, hubo genocidio." Yes, there was genocide.

¡En Guatemala si hubo genocidio!
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My first published essay.

"If I were to firmly grip in both my hands the hand of a Guatemalan woman, or go in for a bear hug when introduced to a non-Deaf person at an office meeting, I would not be communicating the neutral greeting that is my aim. If a goal of writing is to communicate—and I believe that it is—then conventions facilitate writing.

Grammar facilitates good writing; it does not create it. One can have clean, consistent, even elegant grammar while being vagu...e, obscure, or unnecessarily complicated. One can write spotlessly and vacuously. Good writing, foremost, communicates something; it uses grammar, spelling, and punctuation as tools to this end. The question that remains is whether Kindling says something and whether the errors pull my attention away from or toward that something."

Sorry for re-post. There was an error in the original blurb, so the magazine had to take down and then republish the essay.

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Craft, critical theory, and creative process are explored in Chris Shorne's essay on typos and grammatical errors, and how these seemingly innocuous and common mistakes stand to unexpectedly deepen and broaden the author's message and voice.

The urgency, the very meaning, and effect of the text can find itself surprisingly enhanced by the little missteps made along the way.
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Please share widely. NISGUA published my essay on beauty, genocide, and Trump. If you want to receive more of my essays from Guatemala (one every two months or so for about a year), press the button on the right with an envelope that says "Signup for Friends and Family Letter."

"We drive on and I’m stunned by the steep slopes of the mountains, to the sides of which our dirt road clings. I’m hushed by how much air exists between the tires on the surface of the road and the water at the bottom of the ravine. The road rises. The air is clear. It clarifies. The pine needles, sharp green. The dirt, crystal. These mountains, next to heaven.

I am suddenly struck—as if air were punched out of me—by the immensity of it. The enormity of beauty. Before I catch my breath, I am struck again..."

While international accompaniment is at its core a response to the requests of Guatemalan communities and a tool for the protection of human rights, it is also a radical practice of showing up in solidarity and grappling with the deeper questions of structural injustice. Current accompanier Chris Sh...
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"We drive on and I’m stunned by the steep slopes of the mountains, to the sides of which our dirt road clings. I’m hushed by how much air exists between the tires on the surface of the road and the water at the bottom of the ravine. The road rises. The air is clear. It clarifies. The pine needles, sharp green. The dirt, crystal. These mountains, next to heaven.

I am suddenly struck—as if air were punched out of me—by the immensity of it. The enormity of beauty. Before I catc...h my breath, I am struck again..."

My second Letter from Guatemala is available now. To sign up to receive my "Friends and Family Letters" from Guatemala, click button on right or send me a private message with your email address. In this letter, yes, I do talk about Trump's administration (as I see it relating to Guatemala). Thanks all!

(Photo credit: NISGUA, Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA)

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In honor of finally setting up a professional Facebook page, here is my still-favorite of my poems: After the Crash.

ASL (American Sign Language) version by aj granda with Pam Parham. ASL interpretation by Pam Parham.

"After the Crash", poem written and performed by Chris Shorne. Translated and interpreted into ASL by Pam Parham, with sign coaching by aj granda.
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"It's a hot afternoon when I step through the door of the municipal building. Five people seated on a bench to my right turn, say, “Buenas tardes,” then turn back to the TV. The headline on CNN reads: “Voto Latino.” It is November 8th, 2016 and this is my first trip as an international human rights accompanier with NISGUA, Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala. The people sitting on the bench, five in all, are Maya Ixil. [...]"

To read the rest of my essay/letter, click the link to the right, the picture of an envelope that says "Sign up for Friends and Family (email) Letter from Guatemala." I will email once every month or two with updates about my work as an international human rights accompanier.

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