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Halsted Mencotti Bernard

“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined. —Toni Morrison”


Portland, Oregon, United States of America

Professional title:

public library director / slipstream fiction writer

What do you do?

I am a purveyor of possibilities.


Public libraries are community hubs of literacy and learning that connect everyone with the resources they need to improve their lives. And fiction allows us to explore what might be and who we might become.

What should we read?

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo