At age 13, sent from Tehran to live with her aunt in Trinidad, UCI writer-in-residence Sholeh Wolpé found herself in a house “surrounded by sugar cane fields. At night, fireflies wandered in through the open window and turned my bedroom walls into a flickering universe. I loved those tiny, luminous creatures. What was it like to light up at will like that? I wanted that kind of power.” Wolpé discovered her inner lightning bug through books (“lanterns that floated in my bloodstream”) and writing. Read her story in UCI Magazine.
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