Florence Sarah Davies is currently an MFA student of Writing & Literature at Stony Brook University in New York. There, she taught for YAWP (The Young American Writers Project) as a Teaching Artist. She received her BA in English-Creative Writing at Texas A&M University. Prior to that, she worked as an editorial assistant at Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters and as a CRLA-certified writing consultant for the Texas A&M University Writing Center. While she doesn’t have any pets, she is the proud owner of three or four stealth blogs. Her thesis is a novel-in-progress for young adults.

Florence’s thoughts on Writers in the Schools: 

I hope to inspire a group of young writers to actively engage in their unique and legitimate voices. And I hope, in return, they inspire me to do the same with my own work. It is my belief that the act of writing in its organic form can create a myriad of beautiful symbiotic relationships.

One of my favorite books as a child, though I suppose the context was a bit beyond me when I first read it, was The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I finally read its original translation, Le Petit Prince in my high school French class, but the words resonate in any language. Particularly:

Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.

Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

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