Doll in Shadow

Maria Browning reflects on the fact that while Alzheimer’s Disease has stolen her mother’s memory, it has also relieved her of the pain of her past — something that Browning is unable to forget.

Published: Mar 24, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,598 words)

On Impractical Urges

An essay excerpted from Robin Romm’s forthcoming anthology Double Bind: Women on Ambition in which The Twelve Tribes of Hattie novelist Ayana Mathis considers the writing ambitions she often hasn’t felt entitled to–even after Oprah Winfrey chose her book as an Oprah 2.0 pick.

Published: Apr 3, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,562 words)


After nearly thirty years building a life in Arizona, one man of Mexican descent takes refuge in a Phoenix church that’s part of the New Sanctuary Movement, which offers protection to undocumented migrants threatened by deportation. Quitting his job, not seeing his children, limited travel ─ this is what it looks like to live in fear of losing everything.

Published: Mar 6, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,632 words)

The Trash Heap Has Spoken

The power and danger of women who take up space.

Published: Feb 13, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,731 words)

Mother Science

Uterine transplants are frontier science, but they offer hope of possibility for trans women and others seeking parenthood.

Published: Feb 6, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,316 words)

The Feels of Love

Yes, kids are cruel and adolescence is challenging, but when we equate sexual assault with the standard teasing of adolescence, we normalize rape culture, and that is not normal. Madden’s story of rape and redemption is still too familiar to the many young woman who men routinely victimize. If America is going to progress as a culture, we must talk openly about our sexual traumas, the victimizers who commit these assaults, and remove the victims’ shame. In this essay, Madden does that her for herself, and for us of all, masterfully.

Published: Dec 12, 2016
Length: 24 minutes (6,063 words)

Is Infidelity A Search for Identity? On Coupling: An Inventory

On a friend’s porch, someone has left behind a deer skull, beautifully intact, antlers and all, inside a wood crate set up against the wall. I consider the dead skull, the solid antlers, which won’t age for ages, which won’t die. The hollow sockets where eyes once looked for grass, the empty caves where a nose once bent to dirt. This deer must have lived in the woods behind here, in the fir and madrone, on the hillside taking a bed for its children, laying down in nights cold and rainy like this one. It makes me think about the wild in us all, how it stays tight, how we manage it or don’t, how we are animal in our marrow, our depth, our desire for sex as natural as the instinct to build a home, to shelter, to protect.

Published: Oct 20, 2016
Length: 20 minutes (5,129 words)

Why Is There a Patient Cap on Medication Used to Treat Heroin Addicts?

At Guernica, Lucas Mann (who lost his brother to heroin addiction) writes on why abstinence and methadone don’t work and how doctors are failing in their fight against arbitrary, DEA-enforced patient caps on buprenorphine — a promising treatment for heroin addiction.

Author: Lucas Mann
Published: Apr 20, 2016
Length: 24 minutes (6,098 words)

The Public Is Us

Groner’s essay charts public health from Typhoid Mary to the Ebola outbreak, considering the balance between civil liberties and disease control.

Published: Dec 8, 2015
Length: 12 minutes (3,045 words)

Hidden in a Suitcase

In search of the mother who gave her up for adoption, the author instead finds six siblings—and a family ravaged by addiction.

Published: Nov 16, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5,214 words)