Myriam Gurba is a writer and artist from California. Her most recent work is a collection of essays titled “Creep: Accusations and Confessions.”

“I’m inviting readers to treat the word creep as both a noun and a verb,” she told Latino USA. “I’m also inviting readers to think of individual creeps, but to also consider the way that creeps might come together to form institutions,” she said.“ In the way that a slime mold unify a collection of disparate entities that can then walk as one and become animated as one.”

Read the episode transcript here.

Myriam examines individual creeps that she knows, or knew, first-hand and others she does not. She considers how creeps are often protected by systems and institutions.

“So in a sense, these are creep cultures, creep institutions, creep agencies,” she told Latino USA. “Some of the institutions that I examine in the essays are the criminal legal system, in particular jails and prisons. I examine the publishing industry, and I also examine how schools and school administrations play a pivotal role in hiding creeps and abetting creeps.”

Myriam doesn’t only take external aim, but also looks inward to her family. Throughout the collection of essays, Myriam ties personal narratives to bigger, often unknown, historical events using archival research, genealogies, special spiritual and ancestral techniques and care.

In this episode of Latino USA, we hear author Myriam Gurba talk about and read from “Creep: Accusations and Confessions,” and she explains why it’s important to unmask the creeps.

Myriam was on Latino USA back in 2020 talking about the controversy surrounding American Dirt and the critique she wrote about it. You can listen to the 2020 episode here.

Featured image by Geoff Cordner.

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