Dalel Serda is an American renegade who made her way to Cuba over ten years ago to get lost in the backstreets of La Havana, to Norway to feel short among giants, to Turkey to be asked hundreds of times if she is Turkish because of the color of her skin and the thickness of her eyebrows. She’s an MFA candidate at the University of Texas-Pan American.
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