ORIGINS Rewind: “Do You Have a Place for Me?” by Roxane Gay


We’re reopening submissions for our “Origins” series, where authors talk about the origin of a story, essay, or poem. The story, poem, or essay must not be self-published or in progress but appearing in a literary journal and accessible to our readership through the web (please include a link of the original piece in your “Origins” essay). Send your submissions to editor Jen Michalski at jen [dot] michalski [at] gmail [dot] com. In the meantime, enjoy this “Origins” from Roxane Gay, which we published in 2010:

In today’s ORIGINS, Roxane Gay discusses the origins of her story, “Do You Have a Place For Me?” which appeared in May 2010 issue of Spork.

I’m an emotional writer. My heart always guides my words. I rarely use prompts. “Do You Have a Place For Me,” however, was inspired by a prompt of sorts—a poem by xTx, with the same name (and forthcoming…

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