This Week in Essays


At Catapult, K. Joffré struggles with queer identity in a Los Angeles where gayness is coded white.

“But I am learning that there are ways to live, to feel healed, even as the body goes on breaking.” Rachel Bunting navigates multiple sclerosis while nursing wildlife back to health, over at Hippocampus Magazine.

For Outside, Haley Cohen Gilliland shares how a group of shark bite survivors heals from PTSD together.

Sarah Sentilles keeps up hope despite the impossibilities of the adoption process at Lit Hub.

At DAME, Stephanie Hallett writes on miscarrying during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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