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Life is strange and hard and often beautiful.

I’m Alaya Dawn Johnson, award-winning speculative fiction author, immigrant, serious black girl nerd and trauma survivor. I moved to Mexico ten years ago and rural Mexico three years ago and the way I’ve seen the world has been completely upended, in a good way. Subscribe for personal essays about my life in rural Oaxaca: me grappling with the big existential questions of how to be a writer, an immigrant, a Spanish-as-a-second-language speaker, and someone living very far from where she was born. I make my living as a writer, and me and my dogs would love it if you could become a paid subscriber. If you like what you see, please share!

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Writing, living and figuring it out in rural Mexico


Award-winning speculative fiction writer, immigrant, serious black girl nerd and trauma survivor figuring her shit out in whatever languages she can.