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October 13, 2018

Scholars claim that the intangible aspects of our experiences in life are identical to those of our ancestors. I’m not so certain. Sitting in an empty hotel room, waiting for the identity-thief with everything that I have ever accomplished liquefied into cash, I have t...

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

Your hands clenched my neck

My breath escaped in a sigh

Lungs grasped for air, you did not care

But I did not die

You beat me to a pulp

Stifling my begging cry

Punched and kicked, scratched and bit

But I did not die

You refused to feed me

Though food was always in supply

My body...

October 13, 2018

Sitting on the side of the street

I feel all the important people pass me by:

Moms, Bisnessmen, Toys R Us workers.

My shirt looks like it came from

old Goodwill from the Bronx,

one where all the clothes are sprayed

with yurine smelling perfum before they are sold.

I present m...

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 13, 2018

In his final flash of freedom, Henry Mullins saved the life of his three year-old niece, Caroline. A little-known fact about Parkinson’s is that rarely—and for only a moment—the pressures of life can make the disease disappear.   

Over eight years Henry's body had...

October 13, 2018

“Can I tell you my story?”

She was nearing sixty years old, with graying, shoulder length hair. She had sad, but friendly, eyes. I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, that she was on my side, but I had a nagging feeling that she wasn’t.

Before she approached m...

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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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