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“The Language of Leaving” By Shana Ritter

Shana reads "The Language of Leaving" and "Mourning, For Judy."

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Photo: Justin Mason

"Inside under the slope of roof, we have stopped talking. Although we are not left quiet. On even breath, the creak of bodies, closing. Only the suitcase is open..." from "The Language of Leaving."

Shana Ritter is a writer and educator. A long-time resident of Bloomington, Indiana,  she is originally from New York.

Shana is a three-time recipient of the Indiana Arts Commission Individual Writing Grant.  Her new book Stairs of Separation, (which tells the story of her mother’s journey as an immigrant in the early 1920’s), can be found through Finishing Line Press (currently accepting pre-orders!).

Shana is currently working on a series of poems based on the letters exchanged by her parents during World War II.

In this episode, Shana reads “The Language of Leaving” and “Mourning, For Judy.”

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