Ask me how I identify and I will tell you I am white noise on a television screen.
I’m a woman from the deep south. For generations, my family has lived in the swamps of Louisiana. There is much to love about it, much not to love, and much more to reflect on.
When I saw the words “Congratulations! You are admitted to the University of Texas at Austin,” pop up on my computer screen, I bounced out of my seat and squealed with joy. But in that gratifying moment, I never considered what the next year and a half would be like.
By Julio Diaz
Keep Austin Weird. Oh, what power three little words can have on an entire community.
By Sarah Holdeman
Prose and art by Alex Guillen.
By Maya Coplin
By Alejandra Martinez
Poem by Zoya Zia
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