“The literary equivalent of a summer night, a good friend and a gin-and-tonic: Shannon is a deft writer; a natural storyteller with a wicked turn of phrase and frighteningly specific memory...”

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I Was Told Not to Help Syrian Refugees

My father cursed me. I was departing to volunteer and gather stories in Syrian refugee camps in Lesvos, Greece …

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What I Found in the Syrian Refugee Camps

“I have my own story. One I’ve replayed in my head when dread lodges in my body while I watch the scenes of horror in Paris unfold on TV …

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Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda, James Dean and Me?

I don’t know what’s happening, but a hole opens in my chest. It’s a vortex that everything dark and broken gets sucked down into …

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