My blog explores the many ways people in our society overcome social challenges. You will read here my observations and thoughts on the social issues of the world.
The title, “Untying My Hands,” is inspired by Lil Wayne’s song “Tie My Hands,” which features the 2005 tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Particularly influential in my title decision are the following lines:
“We are at war with the universe, the sky is fallin’ / And the only thing that can save us now is sensitivity and compassion…
My shoulders are strong, I prove them wrong I ain’t doin’ nothin’ but movin’ on, let the truth be known / But they talk that freedom matters / And didn’t even leave a ladder, damn…
You tie my hands, what am I gonna be? / What have I done so bad? What is my destiny? / You tie my hands, what am I supposed to see? / What have I done so bad? What am I gonna be?” (Full Lyrics)
The song speaks of the societal oppression all around us, which I mean to challenge, resist, and break through with my writing. The refrain is “You tie my hands, what am I going to be?… What is my destiny?” and I twist those lyrics by changing “You tie my hands” to “I am untying my hands,” an act that declares, with each piece I write, I untie my hands from whatever society tries to tie them down with and, with each piece, I work toward social change and progress, thereby reminding us that we create our own destinies.</div
B.A. Broadcast Journalism, Arizona State University, 2002
M.A. Writing, Johns Hopkins University, 2004
M.A. English, Georgetown University, 2009
Zachary Benavidez earned a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University, an M.A. in Writing at Johns Hopkins University, and an M.A. in English at Georgetown University. He is an associate professor of English at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, where he teaches composition, literature, creative writing, and women’s studies. He has presented at local and national writing and teaching conferences. He is also a fiction writer whose work has appeared in the Arlington Literary Journal and Yellow Medicine Review. From 2011-2012, he served as the editor-in-chief of the Potomac Review, and he is a former fiction editor of 42 Opus, an online journal. He also serves as the college-wide coordinator for MC Pride and Allies, Montgomery College’s faculty and staff organization for an accepting MC. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his dog Molly.