Cover Photo: A detail of a painting of a woman holding a sword against her shoulder and turning her head to the right of the frame. From her neck bulges a large goiter. The background of the painting is dark; to her right is another woman in a headscarf.
Finding a Face for My Invisible Illness

I could only acknowledge my thyroid condition from sly, sideways angles—a hobbit stealing from a sleeping dragon’s hoard.

Cover Photo: Screencap via Vortex/Bryanston Distributing Company
Shades of Yellow Heighten the Horror of ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’

In Tobe Hooper’s famous horror film, the color yellow is a visual catalyst for the evil that is to come.

Jul 26, 2021
Cover Photo: An illustration of a white woman holding the crossbar of a Jeep as she rides through the desert. She is wearing sunglasses and a fuchsia headscarf and her face is turned away from the viewer. Driving the Jeep is a Black man in army fatigues.
The Abaarso School for Clever Girls

Melinda’s violation of their agreement—to stay the same for each other, forever—was so profound that she split their shared sphere in two.

Jul 23, 2021
Cover Photo: a black and white dairy cow facing the camera, standing in a field of grass
A Cow with a Hole in It
The thing that’s so difficult about personal essays is that they’re awfully personal. There’s an answer to this conundrum, and it has to do with cows.
Jun 28, 2021
Cover Photo: This image has crumpled paper in the background and the cover of the book in the corner, which reads "Letter to a Young Poet"
Remember, You Are in Conversation
When I’m feeling stuck and lonely, I try to remember that I’m in conversation with the world—that I am alive in it and it is alive through me.
Jul 06, 2021
Cover Photo: This photograph shows a man sitting inside a study cubicle with his laptop. He looks frustrated; his hand is clutching his hair and he is staring at his computer with intensity.
On Writing (with a Day Job)
There are many kinds of writing lives, and yours includes a day job.
Jul 19, 2021
Cover Photo: Photograph by Jordan Whitfield/Unsplash
My Mom’s Pandemic Piano Taught Me You Can Always “Find Yourself”
It was the first time I’d ever noticed growth or newness this way: reclaiming, or returning, rather than overhauling and chasing.
Jul 22, 2021
Cover Photo: illustration of a young woman with long black hair sitting on a red sofa in a white bathrobe, holding a spoon in one hand and a bowl of vegetable tuna curry with rice in the other
Feed Yourself Like Someone You Love: A Recipe for Summer Vegetable Tuna Curry
The trick to a good nostalgic curry rice is to finish it with honey. Just a drizzle at first.
Jul 21, 2021
Cover Photo: A detail from the movie poster for the film Beetlejuice, depicting the titular character with a bride and a decapitated groom
The Handbook for the Recently Deceased
In the film ‘Beetlejuice’, death is exaggeration. To die is to become a different size, to be viewed as grotesque by an outside observer.
Jul 20, 2021
Cover Photo: a man standing on an abstract beach depicted in shades of black, purple, and fiery red, with ashes swirling around and a red phoenix flying overhead
Ashes at Kande Beach, Malawi
Everything is an elegy these days, all chipped rings, / clipped wings.
Jun 29, 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
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: This illustration depicts a tape recorder laying on forest ground with wolf prints leading to the shadowy figure of a woman behind the trees in the distance.
Mother’s Wolves
My mind drifted to the almost-lycanthropic being I’d imagined her becoming, half wolf, half researcher, neither coming back to me, dead or alive.
Jul 16, 2021
Cover Photo: A photograph of an exterior facade of an IHOP restaurant
After the Diversity Panel
Had we been diverse enough? Had we changed hearts, minds, and souls? Had we been . . . truthful?
Jul 09, 2021
Cover Photo: A photograph of a five-panel stained glass window in a church.  In front of the window is an elaborate wooden platform with a single glowing light.
Acceptable Forms of Agony
It was during my third year of teaching the saints at Holy Trinity that the burning began.