Confronting the Bully

As an academic, using self-reflexive language in one’s own work can be terrifying. Arts writing requires a measure of critical distance, so a first-person voice feels clunky and awkward. And it’s often easier to look to tangible things outside of ourselves that speak to hard-to-tell truths, which resonate at a personal level, than it is to allow oneself to be truly seen.
Maria Seda-Reeder