Profane Inspiration

I wrote my first poem at 11 years old. It was titled “Why” and explored racism, colorism, class, and income inequality. Though I had not heard the terms yet, I felt and saw them around me. I was moved to curiosity and anger as to why they existed-hence the title “Why.” I could not understand […]

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Stranger Than Fiction

In “When She Woke,” Hillary Jordan crafts an updated version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter.” The novel is set in the dystopian United States, where: Roe v Wade has been overturned by the Supreme Court. Women who live in states where abortion is illegal are arrested for murder and convicted. The United States is […]

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The Gift

Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of today and the memory of my later mother, I’m sharing an essay I wrote about our bond last spring. I hope that my words bring solace to those who have lost their mother and struggle with this day. The Gift Sixteen years ago, my mother passed away suddenly and […]

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