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What would it feel like to be born into the wrong family?
To be so overwhelmed by infertility that you start to see a ghost, an apparition?
To wonder if you could’ve done more, should’ve done more, to save someone?
What would it be like if you went against your family’s values and started a friendship with someone they thought was not the right color?
To spend a summer somewhere that glitters but is dark on the other side?
To deconstruct events from when you were a kid to understand the difference between the way people perceived things inside the small town bubble you grew up in versus the greater world outside?
Think about being fourteen years old and marching for women’s rights in Washington, DC.
Think about your mother leaving when you’re little, too consumed with herself and her love of words to spend time mothering anyone.
Think about the way men’s and women’s lives transform over time, reinventing themselves to work in whatever situation they find themselves in. Single, married, divorced, employed, unemployed, entrepreneur. Paying the bills. How to stay afloat in the new digs life has surprised you with.
Think about gender identity and how all those things listed above can be even harder and more mysterious.
These are just some of the challenges our contributors take on in this issue. There is a strong thread of identity and transformation running through the work—how relationships affect us, how place plays a role in who were are, and how we can break free from that role through education, information, and ideas. How things we can’t control or that we’re missing in our lives haunt our thoughts, twist who we are, change us forever. The influence of family. Of politics. Of history.
This is a thought-provoking issue. We hope these pages will strike a chord with you—that you’ll relate to the pieces or learn from them—and that your world feel a bit bigger in the end.
Props to all our contributors, we love y’all. Thank you for sharing with us. Thank you to everyone who submitted. Thank you to my editors who work really hard and who broaden my world with their insight and ideas. I couldn’t do this without you, Darren & Leeta. xoxo
Finally props to our readers! Thank you for your support.
Happy New Year & Happy Valentine’s Day —