“Vortex” by Cameron Steele

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue “As soon as I was visibly and clearly pregnant, I felt, for the first time in my adolescent and adult life, not-guilty.” – Adrienne Rich This is a good Midwestern neighborhood, our realtor tells us when we...

“Before and After” by Stephanie Vessely

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   This morning I was scrolling through my Timehop feed and came across a photo from 2008. Timehop is an application that sifts through old photos and social media posts, and then shares with you what you...

“The Men in Charge of Our Bodies” by Suzanne Roberts

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   A group of men followed us down Broadway, the bustling honky tonk district in Nashville, Music City, U.S.A. They shouted to us: “Ladies, ladies, LAAADDDIIIIEES.” We stopped on the street corner and...

“The Missing Link” by McKenzie Caldwell

Issue 16 / Winter 2019   A person can only sit in her car for so long before the frigid November air sneaks in and tries to leach off her body heat. I looked at the small neon sign blaring Stone Tavern through the window, and then back at the front door, which...

“Freedom Dance” by M. K. Narváez

Issue 16 / Winter 2019   I never felt as old as I did between the ages of twenty-seven and twenty-nine. Unhappily married, I was packing twenty extra pounds on my petite frame, wore shapeless hand-me-downs, and hid behind unflattering glasses. I was five years...