Spotlight: “God Circle”


When I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder at age twenty-three, it was like I’d gotten glasses and was able to see clearly for the very first time. The roots of my lifelong struggles were illuminated––most poignantly, my fixation on the God Circle, a concept my mom had mentioned to me in passing when I was in the third grade.

“God Circle” explores my obsession with finding a fated friendship, and coming to accept that this search is what has been holding me back from that kind of relationship all along.


Courtney Cook is an MFA candidate at the University of California, Riverside, and a graduate of the University of Michigan. An essayist, poet, and illustrator, Courtney's work has been seen in The Rumpus, Hobart, Lunch Ticket, Empty Mirror, and Maudlin House, among others. Her illustrated memoir, The Way She Feels, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in summer 2021. When not creating, Courtney enjoys napping with her senior dog, Francie. More from this author →