Micah McCrary

Micah McCrary is a contributor to Bookslut. His essays, reviews, and translations have appeared in Brevity, the Los Angeles Review of Books, MAKE, Third Coast, and Midwestern Gothic, among other publications. He co-edits con•text, is a doctoral student in English at Ohio University, and holds an MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago. His manuscript, Island in the City, was a finalist in the Cleveland State University Poetry Center 2015 Essay Collection Competition.

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Stranger on the Seine

Normally my being black makes my being American complicated, but in Paris I found myself perhaps saved by my nationality, by a particular foreignness, with my blackness possibly somewhat overlooked.

Normal, IL movie theater

Oreo

“There will be people who'll cross the street to avoid you because you're black,” my mother would tell me when I was younger, in every conversation or argument about race we ever had.