Interrogating the Talismans

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Interrogating the Talismans is a collection of short essays, flash nonfiction, and experimental prose and image pieces that examine family stories, photographs, and talisman-like objects. Against the constantly shifting, impermanent landscapes of my childhood, the talismans become portals that offer glimpses into the often troubling worlds of the US military and the Catholic church. A close interrogation of the talismans through writing leads to a process of image-making, of interacting with these objects on the screen, creating a call and response between words and images as themes of belonging, loyalty, complicity, gender, and violence emerge.