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Double impact

How Alix Ohlin’s lifelong passion for literature inspires her teaching and fuels her new novel, Dual Citizens

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Chairofcreativewritingat theUniversityofBritishColumbia, Ohlin knotvs cveryone In’ name in ihis niaster dass on crafting sentences. The cxchangc bciwccn ihc students and laculiy in at tendarxeflowsfrcely. The room isriwted by therhyihm.elegance, and juxiaposiiion of words as Ohlin quoies passages Ijv Ottessa Moshfegh.Grace Paley, Hlizabeih Smart,Joan I)idion,and Midiacl Ondaatje fromapersonal oollcciion she refcis to as her Museum of lieauiiful Sentences.

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