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A Painting of Eve as a Brown Woman Brought Me Back to My Faith

When I looked at her, I simultaneously saw divinity, and myself. 

Sep 17, 2020
Afro-German Women are Still Upholding the Legacy of May Ayim

There have always been people suffering from anti-Blackness. And May Ayim highlights the continuity of the Black experience—not only her own, but those before her as well.

Sep 10, 2020
I Am Partially Deaf and I Write to Be Heard

Why can’t the abled world fit into our world?

Sep 10, 2020
In the Wilds of an Open Soil with Writer Merlin Sheldrake

Merlin’s poetic prose is so visual in the writing that many parts reminded me of a graphic novel.

Sep 09, 2020
Why I Stopped Celebrating My “Birthday”

I don’t know when I was born. I’ve stopped pretending that I do.

Sep 09, 2020
Moon Prism Power! Re-examining the Power of the Magical Asian Schoolgirl

When your youth is marked so clearly, by a crisp sailor collar and the deep pleats of your skirt, everyone feels like they deserve a piece of it, of you.

Sep 02, 2020
Becoming an American Girl: Lessons from The Babysitter’s Club

If we had left Venezuela, it had to be because life in America was going to be better, but the BSC world didn’t seem inherently better—just different.

Sep 01, 2020
Seedlings, or What Has Been Passed On

Just like plants, we inherit some traits from those who came before us, but when I spend time with my siblings I’m amazed by how different we are.

Sep 01, 2020
Trying to Conceive Feels a Little Bit Less Awful Than Not Trying

It isn’t my job to bear as much pain as I possibly can to prove that I am somehow worthy of becoming a mother. Why is it so hard to remember this?

Aug 31, 2020
To Grieve, We Began a Book Club for Two

Our first book club discussion was a learning experience.

Aug 31, 2020
The Legacy of Malaga Island and the Limits of Maine’s Progressivism

Once a mixed-race fishing community, the island is now empty, showing the gap between the state’s history and what it professes to be.

Aug 24, 2020
What I Learned About the Women I Love on the Other Side of the Battle With My Body

It took about a year for me to understand the bulimia was an expression of my anger. A way to hurt my body and myself, and a desperate attempt to regain normalcy.

Aug 20, 2020
Thuy-Van Vu’s Art Points to the Story Beyond the Subject

As an artist, Vu was looking for a way to represent personal history without feeling like she was “performing otherness.”

Aug 19, 2020
How the Secrets Came Out

This was about protecting the new self growing its delicate way within me.

Aug 17, 2020
What Bruce Lee’s Films Taught Me About Writing My Mother’s Voice

I know by worrying about a room of mostly white readers I undermine myself, but it’s become instinct. And, honestly, I just get tired.

Aug 12, 2020
It Doesn’t Hurt, It Hurts All the Time

What if we thought of emotional trauma the way we do physical: as a wide class of wounds whose healing is unpredictable, whose scars take different forms?

Aug 11, 2020
Give and Bake

If the muffins had been good, we’d have eaten them and gone to bed. But the story of their catastrophic badness: that, we could forever savor.

Aug 10, 2020
How to Build a Life with Your Chosen Family

I was already in love with all my friends. But in my newfound singleness, I was falling in love with them more deeply.

Aug 06, 2020
Finally, at Fifty, I Can See Myself

I participated in the betrayal of my face because it’s easy to do when your thoughts about beauty are colonized and your appearance is a battleground.

Aug 05, 2020
Carly Rae Jepsen’s Music Helped Me Stop Apologizing for Being “Too Much”

There is something freeing about being in a ballroom full of people singing about how we all deserve to feel a love that reverberates through the walls of our body.

Aug 03, 2020