Dear Academia, I Quit

Wait, everyone always implied. Wait till tenure, wait till menopause, then you will be free. I didn’t want to wait to be happy.

On Grifters

Everyone deserves to have a seat at the table, and that seat can’t be tricked away from us by some faithless cis white politician’s grift. At least it shouldn’t be.

Dec 22, 2022
What If We Dreamed of Shared Support Instead of Private Space?

It really was the house to end all houses: impossibly big, impossibly beautiful, and, ultimately, just impossible.

Labor Had a Pretty Good Year

Labor is at its best and most powerful when it’s at its most inclusive and radical.

Dec 21, 2022
No American School Can Promise Our Children’s Safety

Our future, the one we are living, was not inevitable. It was chosen. It is an ongoing choice.

Dec 20, 2022
There Is No Modern Love Without Legal Abortion

Instead, pregnant people’s bodies are being turned into crime sites.

Dec 20, 2022
Listening to Long Covid’s Lessons and Teachers—Today and Tomorrow

We will adapt. We will find new nesting places. But there will be no return to “before.” Not for the flock.

Dec 19, 2022
I’m No Longer Chasing “Literary Success”

Who doesn’t yearn to be read and recognized?

Dec 05, 2022
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
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
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 26, 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