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Meg Weber: Mermaid

How can I grasp her sense of waterborne freedom and grace? My own mother taught me fear, self-hatred, and “thin at any cost.” I’m still...
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Nina Packebush: The Shame Campaign

Teen parent haters like the government-funded National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy love to throw around statistics about the children of teen moms...
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Jennifer Jameslyn: Eclipse

I didn’t prepare for the eclipse: no special glasses, no time off, no road trip to prime viewing for totality. My husband built pinhole...
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Sara Schultz: Into the Darkness

I never talked about my dad’s death until I was eighteen. Days darkening. Who covered our windows? Why is it so black out? What...
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Shari Winslow: Soft Targets

When I became a teacher, I didn’t realize that one of the expectations of my job would be to place my body between bullets...
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Elizabeth Bachner: Bedtime Stories, Into Winter

Here’s how I’ll remember this fall: the time when, 41 years after poems started running through my head nonstop when I was two, the...
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Jamie Wagman: The Making of a Gender Studies Professor

I do not speak about my childhood very much in public places.  In most settings it feels like it would be impolite or jarring....
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Inga Muscio: Scale of Sexual Predation

Like a bloated whale corpse wedged into a narrow river delta, back-clogging organic matter along with the detritus of self-absorption and disrespect until it...
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Savannah Slone – Unexpected: My Story of Teen Parenthood, Autism and Advocacy

I was seventeen years old and nearing my high school graduation when two pink lines whispered my fate on a cheap plastic stick. At...
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Elizabeth Bachner: Bedtime Stories, Halloween

  I am scared to write about how rough things are, because maybe then that will mean it’s true. I’m scared to write truthfully,...