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Finding Joy In The Wreckage: Acknowledging Trauma In The Post-Trump Era

Writer Kiese Laymon has been thinking about how Americans can carry joy and faith as they begin a new chapter, while also acknowledging trauma.
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The pandemic, the acknowledgment of racism in the U.S. and the presidential election have left so many Americans feeling collectively traumatized.

It’s something Kiese Laymon has been writing about. He’s a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Mississippi and an author of several books that confront and unpack trauma.

Laymon believes we’re now having a mainstream conversation about trauma through writing and even 24-hour news.

“In my lifetime, I think we’ve suffered the most trauma that I’ve ever suffered in a four year period,” he says. “And we are acknowledging

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