Reframing My Ugly Photos

Last fall while I was in Southeast India for four months launching an academic initiative in collaboration with a women’s college, I got to speak several times at various conferences and events. My first engagement was five days after I arrived in the coastal town of Chennai. I was jet lagged, tired, and emotional from […]

The Both/And

There are some weights I’ve carried silently across years, my skin and bone growing right around them tangled complicated. The heaviness buried. Still, I grew into my frame. I softened, curved found my way. I’ve made beautiful things. I can be both/and. But then, on a day still close, words spilled inky and echoed across […]

Lights, Camera, Surrender

By Haley Aguero | Twitter: @aguero_haleyy Thirty-seven shows. That was the number that kept running through my head. I had just gotten a call from a theatre in Massachusetts offering me the role of Marian Paroo in The Music Man. I had worked at the theatre the year before and was thrilled when they announced auditions […]

As the Father of Daughters

by John Blase | @johnblase Some play this phrase like a card in the wake of injustices to blur their sin of not honoring all women. But this was never to be a game. For some of us those words—the father of daughters—were branded on our hearts the instant you were delivered to us slick […]

For the Storyholders

I sit across from a woman I have just met. Several of us have gathered in a coffee shop on the other side of the country, all attendees of a large writing conference. A few have known each other for years. But others are connecting for the first time. It’s a little odd meeting people […]