Cover Photo: Photograph by Joseph Kellner/Unsplash
Photograph by Joseph Kellner/Unsplash

Tailoring My Clothes, Fitting into My Life in America

My idea of home had changed, so I took the symbolic step of finding a new tailor—marking Philadelphia as a place that now fit me right, too.




Michelle Chikaonda (she/her) is a nonfiction writer from Blantyre, Malawi. She is a Voices of Our Nations (VONA) Workshop fellow, a Tin House Summer Workshop alumna, and has presented at several Association of Writing and Writing Programs (AWP) conferences. A contributing editor for nonfiction at Electric Literature, she is also currently published at Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, the Broad Street Review, Business Insider, and Africa is A Country, among others. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @machikaonda.