People

A Pregnancy, a Pandemic, and a Pear Tart

When I first discovered I was pregnant, we were deep into a very strange spring.

Dec 01, 2020
The Thrill and Grief of Being a Singlehanded Sailor

I still wonder, what is the right amount of time to grieve?

Nov 24, 2020
How Wild Swimming Keeps My Mental Health Afloat

Ironically, the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown gave me the time to embrace wild swimming—just when I needed my lifeline most.

Nov 23, 2020
Las Cosas, Cosas Son: The Things We Give Up to Be Here

At detention centers, these prized possessions go straight into the trash. A devastating omen for the way immigrants are treated in this country.

When There Is No Right Way to Heal

The details of those poems may be his first inkling that I know what he did.

Nov 12, 2020
As If You and I Agree

It’s relieving when you find someone who feels the same way you do about Covid-19 risk and public safety. But what about those who disagree?

Nov 10, 2020
I Lost My Voice Before I Found It

Like so much in life, your voice works effortlessly—until, one day, it doesn’t.

Nov 09, 2020
Taste, Memory

“I can tell I love you because I want to give you a bite of whatever I’m eating.”

Little Girl, Big Dinosaur Costume

Fashion is about more than looking good, or feeling comfortable—it’s about how your clothes tell your story.

Oct 29, 2020
Longboarding My Way Out of Loneliness

When I tried to skateboard as a kid, the neighborhood boys refused to welcome me. Now, women and gender-diverse people are creating skateboarding communities all over the world.

Oct 28, 2020
Reconnecting With My Grandad’s Heritage As He Began to Forget It

My connections to the country and its people, my family, didn’t require control or even words. Touch, color, and togetherness were enough.

Why We Open Our Doors on Halloween (Even If We Can’t This Year)

Our Halloween traditions hearken back to rituals of dispelling threats through communal acts of giving and receiving.

Oct 27, 2020
On Preserving Taiwanese Through Romanization

But was there a better way to put these pronunciations on the page?

Oct 22, 2020
How Saunf (or Mukhwas, or Fennel Candy) Built Me a Home

To these writers, saunf occurred in the world as a curiosity, but not as an inevitability.

Oct 20, 2020
How ‘Drag Race’ Helped Me See My Non-Binary Identity

When I look at my personal aesthetic (if I could call it that), I see something that gives me room to move through binaries.

Oct 15, 2020
In Praise of Spoon and Fork

Could I really not keep anything from the unbearable whiteness of being?

How Did Vicks VapoRub Become Every Brown Person’s Cure-All?

Maybe these home remedies aren’t just tricks or distractions. Maybe they are insistences on our well-being.

Oct 13, 2020
How Legend of Korra Gave a Big Black Girl Permission to Be Broken

Though she lives, some part of Korra—the flame throwing hothead, insistent on taking up space—does not survive.

On Sex Work and Risk During a Pandemic

I couldn't afford to live on academic wages, so I became a dominatrix. But after Covid-19, the risks became too great.

Oct 08, 2020
On Sharks, Sickness, and Swimming Anyway

Nora Feely on cancer, facing her fears by naming them, and navigating a world filled with sharks

Oct 07, 2020