Cover Photo: Remembering Matthew Shepard’s Legacy in His Own Backyard by Jenny Tinghui Zhang

Remembering Matthew Shepard’s Legacy in His Own Backyard

In this small town of Laramie, what you say matters. It gets around. The only way to combat the misinformation is to keep telling the truth.

Imagine there’s no heaven

It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

And only Matthew in the sky

The Laramie ProjectThe Matthew Shepard StoryMatthew Shepard Is a Friend of MineThe New York Times

...In the west,

they are tying a boy to a fence and leaving him to die,

his face unrecognizable behind a mask

of blood. His body, icon

of loss, growing meaningful

against his will.

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Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer from Austin. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Wyoming, is a 2016 VONA/Voices alumna, and a participant of the 2019 Tin House Summer Workshop. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Apogee, CALYX, Ninth Letter, Passages North, wildness, Cosmonauts Avenue, and The Rumpus, with essays in Huffington Post, Bustle, and HelloGiggles, among others. She is a prose editor for The Adroit Journal and is working on a novel. Find her at