In response to a prompt given the gorgeous writer Elizabeth Eslami, whose “Maps” you should go read immediately, a sort of meme is emerging via writerly social networks.

 “Here is the question: If you could talk to your 16-year-old self, what would you say?  What advice, warnings, or encouragement would you give your younger self?”

Here’s mine.


 UPDATED: “Skinless” now appears in Jim Churchill-Dick’s beautiful youth-focused lit journal Torches N’ Pitchforks, in the first annual edition of art by teachers. I’ve removed the text here because I want you to go read over there! It’s just gorgeous.

More letters:

Dale Favier’s “Glimmer”

Jill Smith’s “All the cool kids are doing it”


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