This Week in Essays


“I can wear the scar like jewelry, if I want to.” Megan Ainsworth tells a fierce story of birthing, bodies, and scars at Corporeal Writing.

For 3:AM Magazine, Chris Ames loses himself in the wasted time of running.

Here at The Rumpus, Mallika Rao shares an introspective piece on the ways our bodies betray us.

For Hazlitt, Sue Repko writes about stray bullets and the shrapnel they leave behind.

At Sonora Review, Krys Malcolm Belc reflects on family and chemical reactions.

“With each division my world becomes smaller, and my wider identities threaten to pull my body apart.” Zining Mok writes on language and shifting identities back at The Rumpus.


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