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Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Liza--Center-City








Homeless for two years, Liza turned 21 two weeks ago. Born in Russia, she was adopted, along with a younger sister, and brought to Cambridge, MA, when she was seven. Liza never got along with her adoptive mother, so was put on lithium when she was 11, then sent to a boarding school at 14. She was stuck in 9th grade for three years, so that was it for her education. She used to drink half a gallon of whiskey a day, and often passed out, but now seldom touches a drink. A year ago, she met her boyfriend, Harvey of South Carolina, at a Rainbow Gathering in Washington State. They then spent months at the San Francisco Occupy camp, before ending up in Philly, where they used to sleep outside Macy's. An outreach team has gotten them into a shelter, however, so now they can be inside from 7PM to 7AM. For Liza's 21st birthday, her adoptive mother, a very rich woman, sent her $20.



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1 comment:

Ksou said...

Hi Linh

For some reason ,so embedded in my pyschie , I'm taken back when I see a young white woman on the streets . In my head I can't compute how this happens.

Then again, this girl has a good back story . Looks like that Russian adoption ban has some merit to it .

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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), six of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007), Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009) and A Mere Rica (2017), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.