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Grasping Lightning’s Arm: On African American Literature Breaking Forced Identity in Black Communities 

By liana ockenhouse


Liana Ockenhouse is a senior majoring in English at Millersville University. She wrote a short play titled Grasping Lightning’s Arm that is written in Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem style and explores similar topics related to the societal pressures Black women face, including discussions on identity, spirituality, and generational trauma. The play was written for Liana’s African American Literature course, where her interest in the genre began. Going forward, she is hoping to use her creative writing projects to examine various societal issues and rhetoric, and publish more pieces in the future.  


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