(Issue 16) Prose Feature: “I hope my writing creates mirrors” – Neema Avashia

by Serena Zets I think I read so much because I’m on a never-ending search for a book, a voice, a character, or an author who speaks to not only my sum but all of my individual parts too. I seek a single page, or even a paragraph, that makes me feel seen. I’m often … Read more(Issue 16) Prose Feature: “I hope my writing creates mirrors” – Neema Avashia

“Fat Chance, Charlie Vega” by Crystal Maldonado – Reviewed by Capri Huffman

Image by Capri Huffman ★★★★☆ Crystal Maldonado’s award-winning 2021 YA debut romance novel Fat Chance, Charlie Vega is a refreshing and honest portrayal of a fat Puerto Rican girl with a good heart and a complicated life falling in love for the first time. Firmly grounded in the contemporary here and now, the novel authentically … Read more“Fat Chance, Charlie Vega” by Crystal Maldonado – Reviewed by Capri Huffman

you have a body now by Nico Shea

Image: David Hockeny Pool I, 1978-80 You became a woman at eight years old. You don’t get your period until much later, but at eight years old, you are confronted with the uncomfortable realization that your female body is the object of desire of the straight male species. It is in an instant that this … Read moreyou have a body now by Nico Shea

It Gets Worse by Pavel Frolov

Photo provided by Pavel Frolov Wednesday, June 27, 2001       Last night at your high school graduation there were bodyguards all over the place. Cameras were flashing. It felt like a red-carpet premier of a movie with all the stars in attendance. The ceremony wasn’t held at the actual location of the Professional … Read moreIt Gets Worse by Pavel Frolov

A Proustian Moment by Ndimu Grignon

Illustration by Andrea Miranda The rhythmic tapping onto the table began to irritate me. My eyes flicked up from the menu I was perusing. Tap-tap-tap. I searched for the accuser and landed on a young woman, her ring was taking the lead and I began to feel the rhythm on my temple and the teeth … Read moreA Proustian Moment by Ndimu Grignon

Echo Chambers & Filter Bubbles Rely on Social Media Algorithms To Survive by Paola Fernandez

Echo chambers have caused more miscommunication than productive discourse. Imagine an elementary playground where the only group of kids are exposed to what the leader says and does. They mimic the behavior and comments the leader displays. There are no other groups of kids playing except them. The kids start to bounce the same ideas … Read moreEcho Chambers & Filter Bubbles Rely on Social Media Algorithms To Survive by Paola Fernandez

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