In August, we launched our annual essay series. This year's series was curated by Liz Blood and P. E. Garcia and they chose "Outsiders" as the theme. It included varied—sometimes profound—responses from their group of authors, so much so that we are nominating three of them for Pushcart Prizes. Sonya Vatomsky launched the series with "Mothertonguetied: The Fantasy of Belonging". The essay explores their experience as a non-binary person and a Russian American.
To read the essay in full, go here.
We nominated this essay because it is one of our strongest pieces of work for the year, but we are happy to share that it also went a little viral after it went up on the website. It is somewhere in the top three most visited pages on our website and it got there on the first day. We're thankful that we were given the opportunity to put it out in the world.