In the spring of 2020, students gathered in a Hatfield Hall classroom to read bilingual writers together and to reflect on their own experiences with language. When the campus closed in March, their work traveled with them, dispersing across the map but drafted and revised together online. These ten linguistic autobiographies tell stories of paths forged by language. From South Korea, Ireland, Jamaica, and South Carolina to El Salvador, Japan, Norway, and Morocco, the essays map how language can place us in the eyes of others and how we use language to place ourselves.
Dawn Fulton, guest editor