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October 13, 2018

When others drove with their headlights on

and tied yellow ribbons onto trees

we wore black and walked to school.

When torches lit, and oil fields burned

when flames rose into Iraqi skies

we came together, voices shouting

“No bombs, no blood for oil!”

In 1990 war was ea...

October 12, 2018

Anie’s Friday shift was going well. It was 7 AM and her patrons had consisted mostly of old men who sat in the corner drinking coffee and spreading local gossip. They were content with fresh coffee every 20 minutes and a smile. So, when Mauricio walked in the door, she...

October 12, 2018

Sopher forceps are used in dilation & evacuation abortions to dismember second-trimester children in the womb. For this piece, they have been used to tear apart photo negatives. "Dilation & Evacuation" invites viewers to reflect upon how abortion destroys entire lifeti...

October 22, 2017

I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry while he dry-humped my leg
against my will because, I thought, 
        Who does that?
So when he finished,
and apologized, 
saying something about being too affectionate,
and my thoughts surfaced above something lik...

October 22, 2017

My hair is getting dry, and a little bit gray, but I dye it red, and you can’t tell it isn’t natural. I think it probably makes me look younger. The dye stuff doesn’t smell good going in, but it isn’t too much work just to touch up the roots now and then, and I don’t h...

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1st Place Winners

When others drove with their headlights on

and tied yellow ribbons onto trees

we wore black and walked to school.

When torches lit, and oil fields bur...

1st Place: Inside the Beast

October 13, 2018

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Other Winners

October 13, 2018

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