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Alex DiFrancesco

Alex DiFrancesco is a writer, storyteller, and baker. After living in Brooklyn and Queens for over a decade, they recently relocated to rural Ohio, where they are still adjusting to things like "Sweetest Day." Their work has appeared in Brevity, The Billfold, The Establishment, and several literary magazines, and their first novel, The Devils that Have Come to Stay, was published in 2015.
I am in an introductory fiction writing class in college in New York City, and we are tasked with bringing in a paragraph we find particularly moving. I choose the paragraph from Hubert Selby, Jr.’s Last Exit to Brooklyn in which a transgender sex worker, Georgette, saves the atmosphere of a party by pulling down a book and reading Poe’s “The Raven” aloud as Charlie Parker echoes from the record player. I don’t then...