Nonfiction

Exam: Essays 101

There is no wrong way to read this. There is no wrong way to engage this. If you X-out the Word-Doc or PDF, if you turn the page over, or close the book (wouldn...

Balk

I’d like to think it was out of genuine concern that my father pulled me away from playing with my sister’s dolls to stand out with him in the autumn air. We fa...

I’m Black, You’re Black

Hey, black male student who boldly asked me where I’m from and when I told you Wisconsin and you asked, “No, where are you really from,” as if “really” is a mag...

When Bones Grow

The jawbone is the only bone in your head that moves; it opens and closes and lets you talk and chew food. When people say something is jaw-dropping, it usually...

Lightning

After my early first marriage ended, one of my first boyfriends, a college writing instructor, told me he decided not to be a writer because he had seen an amaz...

Chemo-Brain

It was late May after my junior year of college and the first really hot day of the year, one of those days where your mouth tastes like sweat and the thickness...

Death of a Cyclist

Hot. Hot as hell out. 90 plus. Usually I like it, my muscles thrive on it, but here it’s kind of dangerous (more on that later). West Virginia, that’s where her...

Revisions

1. By the age of ten, she had it all decided. She said, when I grow up, I’m going to have three children, two boys and a girl. She announced the news with the a...

What Ravens Can Teach Us of God

1. I like ravens, they recognize my face even when I don’t. Once when I lived in Aventura, and I was sunning at my apartment complex’s pool after a swim, a rav...