The Outsiders

The Outsiders

Last year, on a Turkish shore, a small Syrian boy in a red vest washed up by the beach. The picture of his dead body dominated news and social media for many days. Our morbid fascination of them, the “outsiders,” and their inhuman conditions and often untimely ends...
What Does the Bully Want?

What Does the Bully Want?

When I was a teenager, I used to get bullied a lot. My bullies were relentless. I could barely be in a class with them or pass them by on my way to get some water and they would seize the opportunity to say something hurtful or make a face, a smirk – hard to catch and...

What Does the Bully Want?

When I was a teenager, I used to get bullied a lot. My bullies were relentless. I could barely be in a class with them or pass them by on my way to get some water and they would seize the opportunity to say something hurtful or make a face, a smirk – hard to catch and...
Ode to Inauguration: A Writer Speaks

Ode to Inauguration: A Writer Speaks

Ode to Inauguration I was seven when it first happened. A man put his hand under the polka dots of my dress. Then I did not move and lay still.   “ I grab a woman by the pussy.”   Have you heard of the marches around the country? I will be wearing a “pussy” hat when I...
On Feminism

On Feminism

It has been eight months since I started my MFA at Bennington College. In the last eight months I have cooked half a dozen meals. I pack my children lunches and I clean up the kitchen after my husband when he makes dinner for the family after he comes home from...