Elsie Conick: A Biography in Fragments

“In 1918, she became the first Black woman tennis player to appear on the cover of an American magazine.”

Published: Sep 8, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,415 words)

Fever in the Woods

“Tucked far away with my children, this is where I feel safest and most afraid.”

Published: Aug 26, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,691 words)

Back Draft: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

“The poet on radical revision, our reflections, and photographing poets.”

Published: Aug 3, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,930 words)

A Woman’s Place

“The shaming and incarceration of Patricia Ann Prewitt.”

Published: Jul 20, 2020
Length: 49 minutes (12,400 words)

Baking Through a Plague

“On one of her monthly brownie runs, my mom caught her first glimpse of the monster coming our way.”

Author: Alia Volz
Published: Jun 12, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,333 words)

You Are The Second Person

“You wondered out loud what writing “multiculturally” actually meant and what kind of black man would write the word “bro” in an email.”

Published: Jun 17, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,486 words)

On Travel Writing

Shelter in place has given The Best American Travel Writing series editor a lot of time to think about travel writing’s future, and whether pandemic will move travel writers’ focus closer to home.

Published: May 26, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,017 words)

Family Man

“I never knew my uncle. But it’s the absence of inquiry that feels most disquieting.”

Published: Apr 15, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,556 words)

Ordinary Insanity

America’s fetishization of reproductive risk is driving mothers mad. Excerpted from Ordinary Insanity: Fear and the Silent Crisis of Motherhood in America
Published: Apr 7, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,128 words)

Push Play

“It is now mostly unclear why I thought it was a good idea to bring Dolly Parton’s Greatest Hits to school with me.”

Published: Apr 6, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,969 words)