Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities


Tiny Baby, Heavy Baby, Dark Baby explores the construction of whiteness and the socialization of racial shame. Set in a grocery store, the fictional short story narrates a small moment between a toddler and her babysitter that has an immeasurable impact. My hope is that readers see themselves in the characters and are encouraged to self-reflect. The story intends to explore shame’s role in structural racism rather than to place blame.


Marlee Yost-Wolff is a sophomore majoring in International/Russian Studies and minoring in English. Her studies explore how national identity informs communities and affects the relationship between the self and the Other. As a Lives of Commitment Sophomore Leader, Marlee has worked with immigrants and refugees at various St. Paul organizations, including Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment and Neighborhood House. When she’s not curled up on the fourth floor of the library with a book, Marlee enjoys running varsity cross country and track & field for Macalester College. Recently, Marlee received the Mellon “Creating Lifelong Learners” Fellowship for her 2017 summer internship with Abdo Publishing.

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