Journalism in Verse – EST. 2016


Business As Usual

in Culture by

Pamela Ramsey Taylor, director
of Clay County Development

Corp., which offers services
to seniors and low-income

residents in West Virginia,
will soon be back at her desk

after calling First Lady Michelle
Obama “a ape in heels” on Facebook.

An employee who did not
want to be identified told CNN,

“She was not terminated.
The board put her off work

for six weeks, and she will
be back next week.”


She lost her job after calling Michelle Obama an ‘Ape in heels.’ Now she’s returning to work.” [Washington Post]
“‘Ape in heels’: W.Va. mayor resigns amid controversy over racist comments about Michelle Obama” [Washington Post]

Abigail Carl-Klassen has been published in ZYZZYVA, Cimarron Review, Guernica, Aster(ix) and Post Road. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2015. She earned an MFA from the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual Creative Writing Program and taught at El Paso Community College and the University of Texas El Paso.

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