Judge’s Citation by Nick Flynn

“Sewing White Supremacy” weaves through the history of racism in America but focusing on one object (a Klan robe), and the author’s relationship to it. It echoes Eula Biss’s now-classic essay “Time and Distance Overcome,” forcing the reader to examine their own relationship to racism. The writing is both clear and layered, and the questions it asks shimmer with a dark energy.