The Origin of My Laugh

Danielle’s essay, “The Origin of My Laugh” was published on June 16, 2020 in The Paris Review.

Click here to read the full essay.

Excerpt:

When my mother died, her best friend Heidi called and told me, “What I’ll miss most is her laugh.”

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When my mother called me on the phone before she died, she rarely laughed but often cried.

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My mother had four daughters, and I am the oldest. My mother did not raise us…

Annotating the First Page of the First Navajo-English Dictionary

An excerpted version of my essay “Annotating the First Page of the First Navajo-English Dictionary,” appeared today on The New Yorker’s website.

The essay (in its entirety) will be published in the forthcoming anthology This Is The Place (Seal Press, 2017).

THIS IS THE PLACE is a collection of personal essays written by 30 amazing women from across the country. The book covers a range of topics from solitude, neighbors, tiny homes and multi-generational living to environmental protection, domestic violence, immigration and patriotism. I have an essay in the collection, and I co-wrote the introduction with my co-editor, Kelly McMasters. Together, Kelly and I selected, edited and arranged each essay in the book. The pieces are by turns deep and dark, complex and shining.