Leslie Jamison,”Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain”

Reader: Lauren Straley While traveling through New York, I stayed with a friend in Astoria. We were tired from a day of interviews, forced smiles, coffee breath, subway stops, and landed on her cou…

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Torrey Peters, “Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Found Essay”

Reader: Becca Rohde Brevity is “a journal of concise literary nonfiction,” with its essays maxing out at 750 words, yet Torrey Peters’s essay “Transgender Day of Remembrance,” which tops out at 1,7…

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Joy Castro, “Grip”

Reader: Kate Johnson Joy Castro’s abbreviated yet succinct word choices make “Grip” a compelling read. The essay comes in at 365 words, yet manages to make leaps and bounds in exploring domestic vi…

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Roxane Gay, “There Are Distances between Us”

Reader: Courtney Gibbons The short essay “There Are Distances between Us” interrogates the meaning of distance in its various forms. Most interestingly, it considers whether representations of phys…

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Barrie Jean Borich

The Truth about Writing “The Truth” I am a poet sort of prose writer, by which I mean I don’t write to argue or to narrate so much as to listen, illuminate, and wander. I rarely know, …

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Cheryl Strayed, “Tiny Beautiful Things”

Reader: Marcia Aldrich Before she published her best-selling memoir Wild,  Cheryl Strayed was an advice columnist. She wrote Dear Sugar for The Rumpus, a series gathered into the book Tiny Beautifu…

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Torrey Peters

On “Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Found Essay” Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance 2016, two years after I wrote the Facebook post that eventually became “TDOR: A Found Es…

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