Cover Photo: A photograph of the exterior of a grey clapboard house with a dark grey roof, bordered by a wooden fence and backed by tall evergreen and deciduous trees against a vivid blue sky.
Photograph courtesy of the author

Buying a House As a Queer Single Mother

Despite my newfound independence, I struggle with the notion that I’m buying into a privileged system of inequity.

I worked three jobs. I had no partner to share the mortgage with. I worried about money all the time.

being richelegant

Where am I? Who was I? Could I put my queer flag in the front yard?

Jesus is Lord

Having and Being Had

Melissa Matthewson is the author of a memoir, Tracing the Desire Line, from Split/Lip Press (2019), a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her essays have appeared in Literary Hub, Oregon Humanities, Guernica, American Literary Review, The Rumpus, and Longreads, among others. She teaches in the low residency MFA program at Eastern Oregon University.