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Zuri Montgomery

2nd Place Nonfiction 2017 Summer Contest The difficult subject matter of sexual assault is sensitively rendered in this powerful essay about a private journey on a very public avenue of activism and expression. This essay offers a clear example of weaving personal voice with political chorus without compromising the distinctiveness of the first or exploiting the energy of the second. “This is the rightest thing for me to do,” writes the author, and the reader can’t help but champion this effort because speaking out from the noise of rape culture is unquestionably courageous. What a moving—and necessarily troubling—literary experience. Rigoberto González

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Blue Mesa Review Issue 36