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“I thought I wanted to be a journalist, a news journalist, do like amazing things in journalism […] but somewhere in my third year I had a teacher, Christian Hawkey, who really pushed my poetry and I realized that I could write poetry, and I had resisted in all my creative writing workshops addressing the Bahamas and my Bahamian heritage or heritage in any way, Bahamianness, didn’t set my stories there, didn’t bring it into it, and I think it was an act of like separation and wanting to create this North American voice, and he sort of broke me out of that, and I started to write from my place, you know, and I realized that I had a lot to say.”

–Sonia Farmer, (Interview in tongues of the ocean)