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

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Nonfiction by Kelsey Landhuis
Issue 8 / Nonfiction

Nonfiction by Kelsey Landhuis

This is how it is every day. One small white pill. Two slightly larger yellow pills. Four syringes filled with clear liquid, drawn and depressed and redrawn to eliminate any air bubbles. Four pricks of the finger producing four drops of blood, plump, round and bright red. Cross your fingers and wait- Continue reading

Nonfiction by Ruth Nolan
Issue 8 / Nonfiction

Nonfiction by Ruth Nolan

My Grandson’s Feet I.     My Army soldier son-in-law sent my daughter a short instant message on Facebook from Kandahar, Afghanistan one night, about how he had just seen a soldier’s feet blown off at the ankles in Afghanistan when the guy stepped in the wrong place at the wrong time. My son-in-law messaged that he … Continue reading