Emily Bowen Cohen | Season 1 | Episode 8

The Whole Student

Apr 26 2022 • 18 mins

Acclaimed graphic novelist Emily Bowen Cohen writes and draws from the perspective of her multi-ethnic identity — Jewish and Native American. But defining that identity was something she was struggling with as a youth after the death of her father, a Native American physician in Oklahoma. Then her English teacher in her mom's home state of New Jersey gave her an assignment that forced her to confront not only her feelings about the loss of her dad but also what being Native American means to her. The cathartic and formative experience was perhaps her secret origin, laying the groundwork for her artistic expression.

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