An essay by Vanessa Mártir
Issue: Reimagining / Nonfiction

An essay by Vanessa Mártir

She Called it “White Woman Shit”   On the morning of August 8th, I clicked on an Electric Literature essay that showed up on my FB timeline. The essay was written by a white woman who was attempting to own how she was complicit when confronted with racism. Imagine my surprise when I saw an … Continue reading

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Nonfiction by Ryka Aoki
Issue: Reimagining / Nonfiction

Nonfiction by Ryka Aoki

Nothing I write can make a white, womyn-born-womyn accept a trans lesbian of color, nor force a bigoted family to offer a decent Christmas to their queer child. Nothing I write will stop the rage of a bully who thinks trans women like me should die. Nothing I write will block the bullets flying in an Orlando nightclub. My best writing can’t even stop a Texas school from keeping a child out of the bathroom.

At this point, I am so tempted to protest, “until it does.” Continue reading

An Intermedia Essay by Karrie Higgins
Issue: Reimagining / Nonfiction

An Intermedia Essay by Karrie Higgins

Parallel Stress by Karrie Higgins & Alan Murdock, director of photography & audio engineering assistant   CW: ableism, sexual abuse   My Parallel Stress series began as a response to Dennis Oppenheim’s iconic 1970 performance by the same title. He stretched his body in plank position between two unfinished concrete walls, held it for ten minutes, and documented the position of … Continue reading