This Week in Essays



At The California Sunday Magazine, Brooke Jarvis has a devastating piece about missing persons and family members lost over the border.

For VIDA, Jean Ho shares her discouraging experience at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

And here at The Rumpus, Chellis Ying writes about rock climbing in China, which turned out to be an opportunity for both thrills and connection.

At Hobart, Alex Ebel writes about Halloween as a touchstone with his mother and the haunting echoes felt after her death.

Also at The Rumpus, Rivers Solomon writes about the fraught representations of black motherhood in speculative fiction.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie alert: she’s got a must-read essay up on the New Yorker.


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Tamara Matthews is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor. Visit or find her on Twitter: @writingtoatee. More from this author →