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Tara Stringfellow

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22 years old // Hedge fund trading-desk assistant and budding poet // Raised in Memphis, Tennessee; lives in Old Town

When I was in college,* I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, so I asked my dad. He said, "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation, and I never want that for you."** // Fortunately and unfortunately, if you asked my friends to sum me up in one word: "driven." // My pet peeve is seeing people buy books from airport newsstands, as if they would only buy a book to kill time at LaGuardia. You should always have a book with you. A good novel is not like a stick of gum; it's a way of life. // My siblings call me Napoleon because I'm short*** and bossy. // When I was younger, my ideal date was Aladdin. I thought he would come on a magic carpet and show me the world. He would be a homeless urchin, but he wouldn't smell bad. He would just be very romantic.

* Tara majored in English and African American studies at Northwestern. Her first book of poetry, More Than Dancing, will be published this summer by Chicago's Third World Press.  ** Tara's family tends to be an exception. She's a direct descendant of Hiram Revels, the first black U.S. senator.  *** She's five-feet-four.

 

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