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Company

by | July 14, 2022

I faked all of my book reports as a kid – I hated reading. I got good grades in my ESL classes only because of some natural ability with words. At least that’s what teachers said. Gifted. My ease with diction and syntax had less to do with natural ability and more to do with my growing ability to adapt. I was surviving.

vintage drawing of frogs going for a walk

Crustaceans

by | June 16, 2022

Gris Muñoz writes a gentle, haunting story about love, lobsters, and abusive men who flaunt their power.

lobster on a plate surrounded by herbs

Everyday Slaughter

by | March 22, 2022

My mother knew I loved rearing livestock, chickens especially. When I was young, she bought a goat for me. Three days after we brought it home, the animal died. "Your nature might not align with the goat," she said. "Does that mean I can't rear any livestock?" Sadness encroached. "Don't worry. Let's try a hen."

Hens and a rooster on a wooden window balk

Julian

by | January 21, 2022

A woman’s pandemic relationship with a cat deepens her humanity.

Cat showing his fangs

A Suburban Caretaker’s Diary Entry

by | January 13, 2022

With wit, and a dash of horror, a Black caregiver in the Bay Area suburbs reflects on the surreality of elder care during a pandemic.

suburban tract home in Palo Alto

CSU: University Administrators Need a Report Card: A+ for Exploitation!

by | November 16, 2021

Grading Cal State University LA: administrators get an A for lip service and exploitation, and an F for ethical treatment of faculty and students

Passion for Change: the Queer Rights Struggle in Nigeria

by | November 9, 2021

Queer Nigerians organize to fight anti-LGBTQIA+ oppression in their country.

nigerian pride wall

An Open Letter Not to Seattle

by | November 3, 2021

A Latina calls out the city of Seattle for its social chilliness.

Seattle

Alone Together: Navigating Online Therapy During COVID-19

by | September 23, 2021

For Nigerians seeking therapy, two options exist: IRL and URL. Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu describes her experiences with both.

We Are The Ones Who Got Away

by | September 21, 2021

The Petito case challenges us to consider how we language romantic harm. Domestic violence seldom stays at home.

arizona highway

To Evil Women: May We Know Them, May We Be Them

by | July 27, 2021

Each evil woman’s origin story is seemingly unique, but Maleficients and Medusas all too often begin as victims. These characters struggle to obey, to fit in, to be respected and taken seriously, though their efforts are for nought. Their foes point to some physical attribute, an aspect of their temperament, or a pariah status to justify keeping them down.

Batman 66 Vol 1 Issue 26

Stories For Stoners: An interview with Marijuanera Mala Muñoz

by | June 29, 2021

Mala Muñoz is without a doubt a Chicana who smokes her fair share of weed.

Marijuanera hero

Bankrupt: An Excerpt From Driven: A Kunstlerroman

by | June 15, 2021

In this excerpt from Chris Rice’s hardboiled memoir, an artist dumps her boozehound bankrupt boyfriend, steals what is rightfully hers, herself, and retreats to Venice, California

Hand, cigarette, & empty beer glass

But You Don’t Look Asian: On Being Entitled to Pain

by | May 4, 2021

Who deserves to feel the pain of anti-Asian violence? Who deserves to take up space with their rage? As a mixed-race person, am I allowed to be here? Do I belong?

Asian protester in NYC

My Life at the Dildo Factory

by | April 29, 2021

A story of workplace abuse: “Saftey words are for Pussies!” read the misspelled Roy-Lichtenstein-does-BDSM faux pop art painting displayed in the office of the Anonymous Sex Toy Company. "Safe, Sane, and Consensual" was the company motto. None of the men running the company understood those slogans were incompatible.

Saftey Words Are For Pussies!