"The shorter the story is, the more is at stake with every single word, every single image that you choose, and there’s really no room to take a breather."
"I wanted to write in proximity to these lives because they are part of my community. So many of their anxieties were anxieties that I shared."
"What does it mean to live? It means to be alive. It means to dance because you can. It means to celebrate."
"There's some of me in every character I write--male, woman, no matter the age--there's a little bit of me in there."
"I... listen to NPR every morning, hoping to hear his voice on the radio, so I can go over to the canvas still in the corner of my room and begin to paint."
"You're taking something from your head that is you, you're putting it on paper and you're creating this world. People read that, and they know who you are."
"Writers are tenders of the necropolis—people who take care of the city of the dead."
"You see this incredible blossoming in these young women, as writers and as girls who are really thoughtful, and who have something to say about the world."