I, Afterwards

I, Afterwards

nala-e-bebaak / نالۂ_بیباک (noun, urdu): an audacious sorrow The first signs of verbal violence emerged from a constant comparison between his own literary outputs v/s mine. There...

Literatura, Música, y (Huracán) María: Reflections from the Diaspora

Literatura, Música, y (Huracán) María: Reflections from the Diaspora

“Maria’s thunder skirts flew high when she danced” —from “Siblings” in Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith “No hemos contado aún a los muertos, no sabemos nada...

Body of a Poem: If language makes us visible

Body of a Poem: If language makes us visible

“I swear, you will wake— & mistake these walls for skin.” —from: Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong, by Ocean Vuong I don’t like to think...

News Flash: There’s No Central Office Called #MeToo

News Flash: There’s No Central Office Called #MeToo

1 I’d already had a bad day when I read Daphne Merkin’s now-infamous Op-Ed in The New York Times, “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We...

Body of a Poem: From Zines to Novels, Genderqueer on the Page

Body of a Poem: From Zines to Novels, Genderqueer on the Page

I began writing as a zinester sixteen years ago, just days after I ran away from my abusive childhood home. I discovered zines, self-produced publications...

Karaoke with Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un

Karaoke with Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un

I bypass the self-serve cereal cart on the patio, the subterranean foam party pulsing with sweaty go-go dancers, the dorm room where dozens of well-dressed...

Body of a Poem: Neither Here nor There, Asexual and Agender in the Literary World

Body of a Poem: Neither Here nor There, Asexual and Agender in the Literary World

It hurts when even my sisters look at me in the street with cold and silent eyes. I am defined as other in every group...