Cover Photo: comic illustration of the author, center, wearing overalls and eating chop suey out of a Chinese takeout box, against an orange background, with large inset ingredients (shrimp, snowpea, diced onion, and mushrooms) arranged around them
How Did Chop Suey Become a Staple of Chinese American Cuisine?

The authenticity of chop suey was always the authenticity of survival, of adaptation. And so, like generations of Chinese Americans, chop suey stayed.

Mar 03, 2021
Cover Photo: A photograph of the author, a Black woman, with the cover of her book
Let It Be Strange: A Conversation with Naima Coster, Author of ‘What’s Mine and Yours’

“The book is not straightforward, but it is expansive, and I don’t think the only way to make a story cohere is chronology.”

Mar 02, 2021
Cover Photo: A foggy landscape with trees and water just visible through sun-shot fog
Some Days

Some days come too soon.

Mar 02, 2021
Cover Photo: vivid illustration of author's hands drawing/building a world on a tabletop of interconnected vignettes that show the author meditating, eating, swimming, at the beach, etc., showing the interconnectedness of the author's writing ecosystem
What Nourishes Your Writing Ecosystem?
On the value of understanding the kind of ecosystem that will support and sustain the flourishing of our lives, on and off the page.
Mar 01, 2021
Cover Photo: Photograph courtesy of Jaya Saxena; book cover by Quirk Books
Jaya Saxena on Giving Ourselves Permission
“If you pick up a crystal and suddenly your writer’s block is gone, it’s not the crystal—it’s you using an object to allow yourself to think differently.”
Feb 26, 2021
Cover Photo: Book cover by Counterpoint; photograph courtesy of Kathleen Dean Moore
A Conversation with Kathleen Dean Moore, Author of ‘Earth’s Wild Music’
“Linking climate action and environmental protection to social justice action is essential. It is still possible to hope.”
Feb 16, 2021
Cover Photo: A white woman sitting alone at a restaurant table in dark clothes, texting.
My Stutter Scared Me—Until I Found My Community
After each meeting I felt lighter, looser, having spent two hours listening only to disfluent speech—to voices that sounded like mine.
Mar 01, 2021
Cover Photo: Screenshot via Nintendo
I Can’t Defeat My Grief, But I’m Learning to Carry It
In video games, dead parent storylines give a character depth. Their grief becomes a plot point, something to overcome.
Feb 22, 2021
Cover Photo: illustration of a mother and son, both masked, walking through fog around pillars on a city street
Say “Bread and Butter” and Stick Together
If a pair, walking together, is forced to pass on opposite sides of some obstacle, they should say “bread and butter” or risk a permanent separation.
Feb 22, 2021
Cover Photo: Photograph by byronv2/Flickr
A TEMPLATE FOR YOUR FIRST EVER NATIVE AMERICAN “LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT”
Do I directly benefit from the enslavement and genocide of the original people of this land? Absolutely.
Feb 24, 2021
Cover Photo: two sisters with dark brown hair, brown skin, and large hoop earrings sitting at a dining table, talking and laughing in front of a window with abstract trees in the distance; one is holding a wine glass. painted illustration is in "spice tones" of brown, saffron, crimson, and burnt orange
Self-Portrait with Cumin, Saffron, and Star Anise
To Cumin, Saffron, and Star Anise, sisters / of the roasted goat and rice ritual, daughters / of smoke and gossip, glowing and bloodwarm
Feb 17, 2021
Cover Photo: An illustration of a snake, poised to strike, fangs bared, as if almost smiling
The Only Invitation
I was begging / for some grandeur even if it meant / a little blood or whole limb
Feb 08, 2021
Cover Photo:  The silhouettes of two people approaching a house
Müllerian Mimicry
Three-fourths of this feeling comes from starting over with Crystal again. An unusual fourth comes from the house’s wide windows.
Feb 26, 2021
Cover Photo: An illustration of birds in the sky flying next to a woman with wings
How Sadie Regrew Wings
Given her dearth of friends, Sadie did worry that her neighbors, mistaking her for a bird, would shoot her down.
Feb 19, 2021
Cover Photo: An illustration of a sewing room where a fashion designer stands near a dressform in a pink, white, and green shirt and matching scarf. She is pinning material to the bodice. In the distance, a little girl sits on a work table smiling.
Rain
What did it take to divert poisonous attention? Beauty. Sinful amounts of it.
Feb 12, 2021