This Week in Essays


At Places Journal, Andrew Wingfield and Michael P. Gilmore go deep into the Amazon to see how the Maijuna are trying to save their land from development.

For Entropy, Rebecca Delacruz-Gunderson explores her name and racial identity.

“I never left my family. My family left me.” Here at The Rumpus, Sarah Kersey deals with becoming guardian of her mother at a young age.

Danielle Geller writes on difficult relationships and neglect for Guernica.

Vanessa Chan writes for Hippocampus on the frustrations of giving in to chronic pain.

Back at The Rumpus, Kristen Millares Young dives into how her family relates to one another through lobster fishing.


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