Places

My Mother’s Hope: On Being a First-Generation Latina in College

“We can make a positive impact and pursue our dreams in this country—even when we feel unwelcome in it.”

Oct 17, 2017
Flexibility and Frustration: Navigating Life Through Istanbul

“As Turkey becomes an increasingly difficult place to live, many friends and peers have become perplexed by my determination to stay here.”

Oct 12, 2017
Eulogy for a Home: Tehran Revisited

Do my loved ones buried in Iran, my generational roots in the land, allow the country to continue to feel like home?

Oct 11, 2017
Body Wash: Instructions on Surviving Homelessness

“If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water so hot it sheds all the layers of who you once were and reveals someone new.”

Oct 06, 2017
The End of a Family, The End of the World

“What is the average life span of a species? Of a family?”

Teaching Under Threat

“During that class, I did not feel like a teacher; I only felt like a woman, a body in danger.”

Loving, Hating, Being From Texas

Expat Texans, Texan Democrats—all us Texan “others”—have a complicated relationship with our home state.

Sep 27, 2017
Love and Grief at the Edge of the Marsh

“When your husband is dying and your child is on the cusp of forming actual memories, nothing in the world makes sense.”

A Case for Studying the Humanities in a Time of Neo-Fascism

“Trump and his administration are readable. And we must read them carefully.”

Lost, and Then Found Once More: On Traveling Alone Without Sight

“The feeling of being out on my own is worth all the fear I must fight to get there.”

Sep 11, 2017
“Hiding and Hiding”: Undocumented Filipinx Americans Living in the Shadows

“Even though the Philippines is where I’m from, I’m American.”

Sep 05, 2017
Why Do They Come to the Iowa State Fair?

“I’m still transfixed by the deep-fried stick of butter on a stick.”

Sep 01, 2017
Why I Want My Daughter to Be Free at School

“I would rather have a daughter who acts out than one who falls in line.”

Aug 31, 2017
Failing My Father and His American Dream

“All I knew was that if my Pops could work hard and pull himself up out of poverty, I could, too.”

Aug 24, 2017
When You Have a Career in the Food Industry and an Eating Disorder

“So many of us professional food people struggle with eating and body issues. We’re drawn in.”

Aug 22, 2017
The Fourth Plague of West Philadelphia

“My girl calls it a balance of New York ambition and Southern hospitality, but I would claim Philadelphia for the Rust Belt.”

Aug 22, 2017
Teaching in Trumpland

“Fueled by the 2016 campaign, ugly prejudices deeply rooted in our community would slither into the light.”

Aug 21, 2017
Astonish Me: Anticipating an Eclipse in the Age of Information

“It will be my parents’ last eclipse; it will be my daughter’s first.”

Aug 21, 2017
Mexican/American: The Duality of Growing Up Chicana

“Many look at the world through the eyes of conquerors. What happens when you stop taking your position for granted?”

Letters from My Grandma

“I got a certificate saying ‘I danced the waltz in Vienna.’”

Aug 15, 2017