Instructor Spotlight: Cassie Pruyn

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“Each of us, for the other, catalyzed a coming-of-age experience that would leave us both changed forever: I lit the match, she tossed it into the brush, and we stood holding hands at the edge of the field while it flared with danger and heat and light. Just the two of us alone with the burning.”

In her essay, “I Hated Country Music Until I Met Lena,” NOWW instructor Cassie Pruyn recounts how falling in love with a woman enabled her to appreciate a musical genre she’d previously judged as “one continuous anthem for white, heteronormative, patriarchal America, profiteering off the kind of small-town culture that would not be welcoming to someone like me—or many others.”

Read the entire essay at Autostraddle.