Jan/Feb 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 1 |

The Freedom of Reinvention: an Interview with Morgan Thomas

About two years ago, I met Morgan Thomas for the first time at my favorite brunch place in Ann Arbor. They were visiting our mutual friend ’Pemi Aguda, who insisted I meet Morgan and experience their wisdom and warmth. After that encounter, I went looking for their work. When I read “Bump,” a story about a trans woman who decides to wear a pregnancy bump after a coworker assumes she is expecting, I wanted to exist in a world where everyone around me had read it too. I needed to rave, to marvel, to have hours-long conversations about Morgan’s unflinching approach to writing desire. I knew then that I had to get my hands on their collection. In Manywhere, Morgan Thomas maps the complex desires of queer and genderqueer characters searching for themselves throughout history. With its immersive prose, vivid sites of mythmaking, and narrators who resist categorization, this debut has imprinted itself on my mind. Each story made me pause and think critically about my position and

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Elinam Agbo was born in Agona Swedru, Ghana, and raised in Central Kansas. She holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, where she co-founded MQR Mixtape. A graduate of the Clarion Workshop, she was the 2021–2023 Kenyon Review Fellow in Prose. Her writing has appeared in Apogee, American Short Fiction, Nimrod, PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018, and elsewhere. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English-Creative Writing at Bucknell University.

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