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After 50 years, homeownership gap between white and Latino Coloradans narrows. But for Black Coloradans, it’s widened.

Michael Diaz-Rivera hoped $25,000 in savings and a good credit score would give him enough leverage to buy a home. But his low teacher’s salary made that nearly impossible. “The prices in Denver were just a little too steep for me and the market was just too high,” he said in late April. “Every time […]

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SunLit Interview: Jenny Shank drew on experience to reach across chasms in “Mixed Company”

Jenny Shank is a Boulder-based writer whose stories, essays, satire, and book reviews have appeared in many publications, including The Atlantic, The Washington Post and The Guardian. Her work has been honorably mentioned by The Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize anthology. She writes a monthly newsletter called The Tumbleweed, at She teaches […]

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SunLit Excerpt: “Hurts” explores the hoop dreams of a complex high school sisterhood

“Hurts” From the short story collection “Mixed Company” Freshman year, Coach Sasser assigned Junebug, Isabel, and me to the junior varsity basketball team, where we wore the ill-fitting brown polyester uniforms of our high school, the Thomas Jefferson Spartans. On J.V. we were golden, thundering up and down the court with little form but much […]