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Are we responsible for, and to, those forces that have formed us – our families, friends, and communities? In her tenth book The Tribal Knot, Rebecca McClanahan looks for answers in the history of her family based on more than a thousand letters, artifacts, and documents. Like the practitioners of Victorian “hair art” who wove strands of family members’ hair into a single design, McClanahan braids her ancestors’ stories into a single intimate narrative of her search to understand herself and her place in the family’s complex past. The recipient of the Wood Prize from Poetry, a Pushcart Prize, and a literary fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council, McClanahan teaches in the MFA programs of Queens University of Charlotte and Rainier Writing Workshop.