Cover Photo: A photograph of four people around a table, smiling and clinking glasses over a spread of food.
Translating for My Friends Is My Love Language

Whenever I travel, I make a point to speak the local language as much as possible.

Sep 28, 2022
Cover Photo: An image of the author and a translation next to her
Beginning to Write in Wazhazhe ie

I dream of raising a child with Wazhazhe ie as their first language.

Sep 28, 2022
Cover Photo: Photograph courtesy of the author; book jacket via Algonquin Books
Writing to Preserve My Family on the Page

Family has blessed my life and trusted me to tell our stories for true. To render us on the page in recognizable ways. From the first word to the last.

Sep 27, 2022
Cover Photo: This image shows phases of the moon, a full moon on the left moving through six distinct phases, with a fingernail of a moon on the far right. The moons all share the same yellowish orange glow against a black starless background, as if in the dead of night.
I’m Living in the Poems I Can’t Yet Write
How does one translate life into poetry, especially in seasons of total depletion?
Sep 26, 2022
Cover Photo: This is a black and white photograph of the beach. In the foreground, there is a book open in the sand. In the background is the horizon of the ocean.
What Translators Mean When We Talk about Reading
Make sure you save a little of the “joy of discovery” for the actual translation process by not reading your source text too closely before translating it.
Sep 29, 2022
Cover Photo: This photograph shows a person in a dress standing on top of a grassy hill, the sky behind them a bright blue. They are holding an old, worn traveling case in one hand.
Translated Self
Portuguese was my first language, but it was quickly followed by English. To this day, I have the impression that when I speak in English, I bury bits of myself in the process.
Sep 27, 2022
Cover Photo: This photograph looks through golden grasses in a prairie as the sun sets, washing the field in orange light.
RATIONING SWEETGRASS
a steadfast soul-birth, tried and true / this is where you sing creation into being
Sep 22, 2022
Cover Photo: Photograph by Lucia Macedo/okeykat/Unsplash
Complicit Poem
When was the last time you chose / a glass of pinot over fair pay?
Sep 13, 2022
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
GET FUCKED & DIE! Poetica
Though, no man can disappoint me / as much as the body I was / born into. Kidding, obvi. I’m Chilling!
Aug 30, 2022
Cover Photo: An image of two silhouettes about to kiss
A Lesson
Neither of you knew that your night together would smash everything.
Sep 23, 2022
Cover Photo: An illustration of an immaculately dressed older man wearing a straw pork-pie hat and smoking a cigarette in an old-fashioned holder. He is sitting in a garden between long, sculpted rows of lilac bushes.
The Benefactor
The bills were too thick to conceal in my pocket, so I reached inside my briefs and hid them there.
Sep 16, 2022
Cover Photo: This illustration shows a man peering into the blue light in the fridge at a woman draped in scrambled eggs. She is surrounded by milk bottles and fruits and other foodstuffs one might find in the fridge.
Egg Mother
“I’m staging an intervention,” my husband says. “I miss my wife. I can’t be married to scrambled eggs anymore. You have to see a therapist.”
Sep 09, 2022