Cover Photo: An illustration of two women holding hands walking along a 3D crossword puzzle as if crossing a bridge
Cipher

2-Down: ______ Stewart, queer actress you feel like you should be attracted to but aren’t.

May 13, 2022
Cover Photo: A photograph of a small vine in a vineyard, buried in dry-looking light brown soil. In the background, the sky is dark and filled with clouds.
Working on a Vineyard Taught Me to Slow Down and Pay Attention

We had no sense of “ecological time,” the cadence of the natural environment. Mostly, I experienced the natural world as lack.

May 12, 2022
Cover Photo: An illustration of a trans person  running shirtless—their top surgery scars just visible, glowing—as the sun rises, breaking the cover of night
On Running Shirtless While Trans

Maybe I was tired of hiding and being afraid. Maybe I was just overheating and my nipples were starting to chafe. Maybe it was all or none of the above.

May 10, 2022
Cover Photo: This image shows a grid of green lines and black squares being projected onto a person who is standing with their back up against a wall.  We can't see any details on their face--it's as if they are wearing a face covering. The green and the black grid covers everything and has an air of intrigue
Writing Social Media Into Fiction
Social media is often portrayed as the enemy of the writer—but like any good enemy, perhaps it’s best to keep it close. Don’t miss this craft essay by Isle McElroy for our Social Media Week series.
Apr 26, 2022
Cover Photo: This header image is the TikTok logo on a black background. Through the logo, we see the pages of books peeking through. Inspired by BookTok.
How BookTok Is Changing Publishing
For our Social Media Week series, Cecilia Beard explains how BookTok makes it possible for people outside the traditional delineation of the publishing industry to propel any book to success.
Apr 27, 2022
Cover Photo: An illustration of the author painting on different social media platforms as if they were canvases
TLDR; I Tweeted Myself Into a Career and Now I’m Stuck Online
As part of our Social Media Week series, Leah Johnson writes about using social media to connect with her readers and how she engages online as a recreation rather than an obligation.
Apr 27, 2022
Cover Photo: This illustration shows an apartment complex detailed like you are looking at the backside of a dollhouse and cut out of black paper. We see various scenes going on in different rooms, but in particular one apartment shows people having sex, while the apartment below it is being banged and rattled around
Intellectual Property as a Result
recently I signed a contract / which stipulates anything / I conceive of as a result / of the job belongs to the job
Mar 29, 2022
Cover Photo: This photograph is a close up image of a shiny, orange clam, it's hinges open to the delicate sunshine that reflects off its shell and the wet sand beneath it.
Laying Down the Groundwork
When I got up before anyone else / I took the heavy clams from the fridge / and put them in a bowl of cool water.
Feb 25, 2022
Cover Photo: This illustration shows two brown hands holding a collection of green gems--some are cut to look as if they are sparkling, others show old Spanish newspaper clippings. In the facets of one gem, we seem men holding up guns and pointing them toward the sky.
Pepe
when his niece asks / tell me about Chía, the answer is always just: it’s a long story / but I think what you’re telling me, is that language is an inadequate grieving
Feb 16, 2022
Cover Photo: This illustration shows a woman lying on the floor next to a dog. There are cardboard boxes scattered all around them. We are looking down at them from above, and there are bright spots shining above them as well, as if we are looking at them through a lightly starry sky.
A Dog Is Not the Answer
Alicia only meant to bring newfound meaning to her bedraggled life, hoping her memories and grief would be blunted by the comfort of another living creature.
May 06, 2022
Cover Photo: One Black. student in a white. tee and jeans with curly, dark hair playing "Who's Afraid of the Black Man?" and trying to tag the white students playing. They're in a field of grass, most running away from the Black student and wearing white, blue, or Black shirts.
Wer hat Angst vorm Schwarzen Mann? or Who’s Afraid of the Black Man?
As a team of three, they have no choice but to help you catch the boys because even they know it is not safe for girls to be alone with a Schwarzen Mann.
Apr 22, 2022
Cover Photo: An illustration of five white people in a dark room playing cards in the light of a camper lantern; in the background, a poster of the Martian landscape looms large over them
Our Future Is Mars!
On Mars, there would be no coupling off, no cliques. People couldn’t leave you behind. That’s what Libby had been counting on.
Apr 15, 2022