“Liza” (Prologue) and “Earth Angels” were published as a chapbook by Spout Press in 2019.
“Coming Clean” was originally published in The Poverty and Education Reader: A Call for Equity in Many Voices, ed. Julie Landsman and Paul Gorski (Stylus Press, 2013), 223–29.
“Tania’s Birthday” was originally published as “Natalie’s Birthday” in Water~Stone Review 4 (St. Paul: Hamline University, 2001).
“Expectations and Assumptions” was originally published as “Low Expectations Are the Worst Form of Racism” in White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms, second edition, ed. Julie Landsman and Chance W. Lewis (Sterling, Va.: Stylus Publishing, 2011), 243–54.
A version of “I Want to Know My Name” became a song composed by Joan Griffith and Janis Hardy and published by Pleasing Dog Music. The song was commissioned by the Twin Cities Women’s Choir and performed on February 7, 2004, in “Stitching the World, Weaving Our Song: A Patchwork of African American Voices.”
Previous versions of “The Bank Robbery” were published in Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota, ed. Alexs D. Pate, Pamela Fletcher, and J. Otis Powell (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2015), 141–47; and in Black Renaissance Noire (New York: New York University, 2010).
Previous versions of “Neighborhood Watch” were published in Sandra J. Winn Tutwiler, Teachers as Collaborative Partners: Working with Diverse Families and Communities (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005), 95; and as “‘Coffee’: Words from Minneapolis–St. Paul,” Drumvoices Revue 9 (Edwardsville, Ill.: Southern Illinois University, 2000), 117–19.
“My Daughter, Myself” was originally published under the author pseudonym Rasheeda, in Colors (November/December 1993).
“Say What?” was originally published in A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, ed. Sun Yung Shin (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2016), 99–108.
Previous versions of “Stones and Sticks” were published in Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota, ed. Alexs D. Pate, Pamela Fletcher, and J. Otis Powell (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2015), 205–8; and in The Black Body, ed. Meri Nana-Ama Danquah (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2009), 167–74.