What Future is There for America’s Desert Cities?

The daughter of Indian immigrants looks at race, class and climate change in the giant heat sink known as Phoenix, Arizona, a city where money equips residents with the shade trees and air conditioning necessary to survive the heat.

Source: LitHub
Published: Jul 25, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,044 words)

White Artists Need to Start Addressing White Supremacy in Their Work

An essay in which author and academic Angela Pelster-Wiebe considers the best ways for white authors and artists to quit side-stepping the subjects of deeply rooted structural racism and their own privilege, and help dismantle white supremacy with their work.

Source: LitHub
Published: Aug 29, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,798 words)

All About My Mother: Brandon Taylor on Love, Rage, and Family

“My family was a series of hushed rages behind shut doors…In my family, love was the slow accumulation of moments in which I was not subjected to great harm.”

Source: LitHub
Published: Aug 1, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,336 words)

Inside the Slow-Motion Disaster on the Southern Border

One journalist speaks with immigrants to learn what life is like in the center of America’s immigration, and moral, crisis.

Source: LitHub
Published: Jul 20, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,867 words)

Writing With And Through Pain

Sonya Huber explores how pain and chronic illness has shaped her and her writing process.

Source: LitHub
Published: Jun 25, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,557 words)

As the World Ends, Has the Time for Grieving Arrived?

A poet learns how to deal emotionally with the reality of climate change.

Source: LitHub
Published: Dec 1, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,510 words)

The Conversation I’ve Been Dreading: Ijeoma Oluo Talks About Race with Her Mom

An essay excerpted from So You Want to Talk About Race in which Ijeoma Oluo writes about a messy, uncomfortable, and important conversation she had with her white mother about race and racism.

Source: LitHub
Published: Jan 17, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,305 words)

A Fleeting Resource: In Praise of the Cold

Miranda Weiss on moving to Alaska — 3,000 miles away from her parents — and choosing to stay there.

Source: LitHub
Published: Dec 4, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,858 words)

Forgiving the Unforgivable: Geronimo’s Descendants Seek to Salve Generational Trauma

After generations of resistance and trauma, the descendants of Geronimo, an important leader of the Chiricahua Apache, travel to Mexico to perform a ceremony of forgiveness. But it’s difficult to forgive a nation that built itself on genocide.

Source: LitHub
Published: Nov 20, 2017
Length: 26 minutes (6,705 words)

To the Lady Who Mistook Me For the Help at the National Book Awards

A personal essay by poet Patrick Rosal — an excerpt of We Wear the Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America, edited by Brando Skyhorse and Lisa Page. The piece is framed as a letter to a white woman who mistook him for a server at the black-tie National Book Awards gala, which he had attended in a $90 polyester suit, in support of a friend who was being honored.

Source: LitHub
Published: Nov 1, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,312 words)