This Week in Essays


At Belt Magazine, Sara Nasser comes of age both in and out of tradition.

“But now, in this moment, after seeing the worst of what it means to be human, I set my mind to it; I’m going to make a baby.” Eliza Margarita Bates finds that the world is terrible and submits herself to creating new life in spite of it, at Longreads.

Here at The Rumpus, Nato Green makes a decision as a new father that puts a strain on an important familial relationship.

At Lit Hub, Elizabeth Bales Frank finds herself the poet laureate of a law firm—with a stipend!

Over at The Cut, Kera Bolonik tells the head-spinning story of a law professor who became a mark.

Back at The Rumpus, Marisa Crane writes on censorship, community, and the more affirming rules we might use to truly support one another.


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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 →