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Northeastern graduate student finds magic and purpose in Mass Poetry co-op

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11/22/22 - BOSTON, MA - Victor Mendevil, a Northeastern English grad student, poses for a portrait at Mass Poetry where he is a co-op on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. Mendevil organizes events that bring poetry into the community, giving writers, old and new, an opportunity to express themselves.

“Every night I pray for luck / and let my body decide the rest.” -Victor Mendevil

Third grade was a “challenging time” for Victor Mendevil.

Unlike most kids, Mendevil wasn’t playing sports or running around the playground. He has myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune neuromuscular condition that significantly weakens his body. It made physical activity difficult and required regular trips to the hospital throughout elementary and middle school as he received countless treatments and surgeries.

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