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October 13, 2018

In Iceland, close to 100 percent

of the babies who test positive

for Down’s syndrome in the womb are


Reading those words,

my heart stands still for a moment;

thankfully, for me, it is only a moment.

Others are not that


October 13, 2018

Daily, we move through a world that was not built for us. for our bodies.

Our society, our workplaces, have been built by and for the bodies of cisgender men.

We must accept this.

As one pro-choice man put it in 2004, pregnancy is “certainly an inconvenience for a busines...

October 13, 2018

I cannot scream.

Around three thousand babies are killed every day in this country, legally.





Around three thousand human beings are poisoned, starved, or dismembered alive every day in this country and this is legal.

Our si...

October 13, 2018

When my eyes are closed

I see a laughing child in a field.

Flowers in her hands.

Her smile wide as summer.

She would have been born in June, they said.

She was so small.

Her body could have fit

in the palm of my hand.

I could not read my future.

It gaped like an open maw, eager...

Did you pick up the conchas that I asked for?” Filomena hollered to her sister over the noise of the television.

“Turn off that shit. Dr. Alexander is a eugenicist D Corp shill.” Luce said, tossing the conchas on Filomena’s lap.

“This episode’s about the,” Filomena dra...

October 22, 2017

Guaranteed, guaranteed—
they say nothing in this life is a guarantee.
They tell me not to worry.
They say Emily, Emily, you’re free! 
              You. Are. FREE.
Don’t you get it? 
              Isn’t it catchy?...

October 22, 2017

hands could work all day – no blisters and no pain
fingers were clasping and unclasping
went completely limp

we walked in the laboratory every day
heard a skull being crushed
saw the precise ways identifiable parts are
each morning staring into the darkness

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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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