Why I Gave Up On England

Leaving began to feel like a comfort; if the country couldn’t get out of its rut, then at least I could get out of mine.

Nov 07, 2022
I Gave Up Free Shipping, Fast Fashion, and Being Pelit

I had so many clothes, none of them special. More than just a closet refresh, I needed to change my attitude toward clothing, money, and being pelit.

Oct 13, 2022
What Lies Behind the Words: On Translating While Trans

For me, the real litmus test of fluency has always been: Can I use this language to convince a native speaker that I exist?

Sep 29, 2022
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
Beginning to Write in Wazhazhe ie

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

Sep 28, 2022
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
Becoming Fluent in Baby Talk

Parenting didn’t just change the way I talked and behaved, it changed the way I saw the world.

Sep 27, 2022
Translating the Immigrant Experience Into Fiction

These stories are my inheritance, which is not the same as sole ownership.

Sep 26, 2022

a steadfast soul-birth, tried and true / this is where you sing creation into being

Sep 22, 2022
Complicit Poem

When was the last time you chose / a glass of pinot over fair pay?

Sep 13, 2022
Quitting Beef

Yes, burgers rule. They’re one of America’s truly great exports. They’re also a symbol of ecological tone deafness.

Sep 12, 2022

Though, no man can disappoint me / as much as the body I was / born into. Kidding, obvi. I’m Chilling!

Aug 30, 2022
anak ko

past mahal / dressed in the garments / of two pronouns.

Jul 08, 2022
Giving Up Meat Made Me Love Cooking Nigerian Food Again

Cooking without meat has forced me to be creative in the kitchen and expanded the confines of my world.

Jul 06, 2022
Getting Sober Again

My two years of sobriety were gone in less than the length of a song.

Jun 09, 2022
Learning to Delete the Old Versions of My Digital Self

For a long time, I believed you had to keep these records. I knew so little about who I was and what I wanted.

My Dream Career Was Just Beginning When I Let It Go

Just as I was reaching the peak of my abilities—and as the pandemic began—I left professional ballet behind, before ever giving my dreams a proper try.

Jun 08, 2022
When Quitting Your Job Is the Answer to Everything

The email some anonymous stranger had sent to my boss was an agonizing reminder of how I lived, the choices I made, and the priorities I held close.

Jun 08, 2022
I’m Done Listening to My Family About How to Be a “Good” Mother

Their judgment is clear every time, and my aunt is the only one who is bold enough to say it with her chest: I am a bad mom.

Jun 07, 2022
Why I’m No Longer Defending Whiteness

The past two years have solidified my view that America may never change enough for me.

Jun 07, 2022