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Essay Bare by Cheryl Boyer


By Cheryl Boyer Naked except for a paper-thin gown, I sit in a room like so many others that have stripped me of my identity. Cold. Sterile. White walls. White …

Post Diagnosis: Learning to Live With Your Assassin

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ANNE by Anna Allen


By Anna Allen All hospitals smell the same: alcohol wipes, sugar-free cherry Jell-O, and cheap, plasticky bars of soap. The smell gets caught in my hair every time. This time, …

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Two Poems by Christian J. Collier

Admission One day, while walking down the long, white hallway at my job, the tide overtook me & I broke down crying in front of one of my co-workers, the …


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Four Paintings by Fiona Hsu

This series is called Garden of Wounds. Artist’s statement: In my paintings of my “Garden of Wounds” series, I illustrate the steep emotional and physical fall of the victims battling …

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Three Paintings by K. Carlton Johnson


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Brujería and Healing: An Interview with Lorraine M. of Bruja Heights

Brujería has been appearing more and more in trending hashtags, online articles, and Instagram posts. In Spanish, it means witchcraft, but that may or may not be how many are …


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The Recovering: A Chorus of Support in the Battle Against Addiction

My father quit drinking in 2013 when he was sent home from his fire station, still intoxicated from the night prior. The department offered him a choice: enter a probation …

Mystery Diagnoses and The Big Sick

The Hum: An Essay in Response to Sonya Huber

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Link Roundup: May 18th, 2019

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Link Roundup: March 22nd, 2019

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