GABRIELLE MARYLAND, author
WOMAN is a creative nonfiction memoir. Through poems and essays, it tells the story of my journey from adolescence to womanhood. This work was an opportunity for me to speak earnestly, and honestly about what it means to grow up as a woman in this country; in particular as it pertains to life in the intersections of society. As a black, queer/bisexual woman who's lived a life of poverty, a entering the world as someone who experienced decades of sexual abuse, and violence-- and carrying with me all of the trauma from those experiences. WOMAN was an opportunity for me to deconstruct my experiences and voice them in a profound way.