Cover Photo: This is a photograph of the fore edge of three books upright on a table with one pair of black headphones over them, holding them together. It looks as if the books are listening to something through the headphones. It is a lively image with a bright yellow background.
Photography by Marco Verch/Flickr

Slow Readers, Let’s Leave Shame Behind

I, a slow reader, will never get to all the words I long to read, but I will relish the ones before me.

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Cristi Donoso is an Ecuadorian+American writer whose work has been published by or is forthcoming from The Threepenny Review, The Cincinnati Review, Lake Effect, and PANK Magazine. She is a 2021-2022 PEN/Faulkner Writer in Residence and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. Born in Quito, she lives outside Washington, DC. You can find her on Twitter @cristideebee.