Dera Luce is a Nigerian-American writer who was born in England, grew up in Utah and Southern California, and currently resides in St. Louis. A graduate of applied linguistics, she continues to shake up her sense of place by learning as many languages as possible. She's passionate about public libraries and mass transit and is starting to sense a theme here about words and place. You can find more of her writing at The Billfold, Riverfront Times, and Medium. She's also on Twitter and Instagram.