Watchword: A Writer Should Keep the Future in Mind
No one else can judge your practice. You must believe in the work that is in front of you, taking shape before your eyes.
This is Watchword, a monthly literary column byMensah Demaryon culture, events current and past, and writers living and dead.
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Mensah Demary is editor-in-chief of Soft Skull Press. His writing has appeared in The Common, Unruly Bodies, Vice, Salon, Slate, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. Find him on Twitter @futuremensah.
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