Cover Photo: The cover of Jessica Goodman's novel, They'll Never Catch Us, beside her author headshot
As a Journalist, I Thought I Wasn’t Precious About My Work—Then Someone Tore Apart My Novel

I could see that my editor's notes were going to make the book better, but I had to get over myself and implement them first.

Jun 24, 2021
Cover Photo: A Korean American woman writes at her desk and is surrounded by different scenes
Dear Imo: A Letter from the Korean Diaspora

I made a promise, too, that I would bring her back to you.

Jun 23, 2021
Cover Photo: A photograph of an old theater marquee with capital letters spelling "WORLD" above the sign. On the sign are block letters that read "the world is temporarily closed."
The Radical Possibilities of Virtual Theater

When stage shows went virtual, traditional directors declared that the form was “dead.” They are extremely wrong.

Jun 23, 2021
Cover Photo: This gif shows a person signing the ASL symbol for "write." They are wearing  a black T-shirt and we only see their hands and their chest.
Learning to Write My Truth as a Deaf Queer Writer
The best thing that writing can do is to replace a shallow illusion with something more nuanced and closer to the truth.
Apr 26, 2021
Cover Photo: on the left, a photo of author, poet, and journalist Clint Smith; on the right, the cover of his new book, HOW THE WORD IS PASSED: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
“I hope people consider the different ways history can be told”: A Conversation with Clint Smith
“Who we are, what our identities and backgrounds and politics are, all of these things animate how we experience a place.”
Jun 09, 2021
Cover Photo: close-up photograph of a pencil, a marker, and several multicolored Post-it notes on a desk, with a laptop in the background and a black notebook in the foreground
Revise Toward Praise, Not Away From Criticism
Revising toward praise gives a writer a direction to go, something to build to instead of something to run from.
Jun 14, 2021
Cover Photo: abstract nude of a reclining woman with dark brown braids whose skin is a variety of brown and caramel shades, dark and light shadows meant to evoke crystalline-sugar highlights
Sugar
I took my time shrugging / into this divinity
Jun 02, 2021
Cover Photo: a brown hand raised, waving against a background of blue sky
[Political] Dialogue
There were two worlds then, the one we lived in and the one she invented, where my aunt remarried and nobody ever went to America
Jun 01, 2021
Cover Photo: Original illustration by Sirin Thada featuring many schools of fish, an underwater doorway, and a person standing in it with a suitcase.
Origin Story
I became an invader myself / a pathogen with survival traits
May 24, 2021
Cover Photo: Colorful watercolor of a child with a green dress and long hair reaching into a dark hole. The drawing is from the perspective of inside the hole, looking up at the child reaching in and her hand is very close up.  Light is coming from behind the child, but around the edges of the hole is dark.
What Happens to Little Girls
"Something in the hole grabs back. Something that doesn’t give up. Something with fingers and nails just like mine."
Jun 11, 2021
Cover Photo: In this illustration, we are looking across the Brooklyn Bridge from the backseat of a taxi cab. We can see the driver and the front of the cab and beyond the windshield we see the bridge and a shoreline filled with bright buildings. Everything is in deep pinks and purples, like a dark and insulated winter night. In the rearview mirror we see the outlines of two people about to kiss.
Fifty Last Dates
Back then I genuinely believed that every next man was the last one.
Jun 04, 2021
Cover Photo: An aerial view of the Florida everglades
Spring Migration
Lori was in real, actual danger, but it was easy to convince herself she was not.
May 28, 2021