During Filipino American History Month and beyond, poetry offers a rare non-colonial lens
Resistance through poetry
The Filipino poetic tradition in English has defiant roots in the American occupation of the Philippines in the 1900s. In honor of Filipino American History Month, Kelly Conrad explores history and self-identity through the rare non-colonial lens of Filipino poetry.
Are you displacing your rage in the age of COVID?
The great crooked cake crisis
For some, pandemic life brings out extra kindness and patience. But as Roz Warren tells it, others are looking for a target for their anger.
Here's how one person over 60 is handling life in quarantine, eight months later
Eight months on the coronacoaster
Fredricka Maister optimistically began quarantine back in March, like millions of others in her higher-risk age group. But what does life look like eight months later?
UPenn’s Arthur Ross Gallery hosts ‘Monuments and Social Justice’
Watch this space
In late September, Arthur Ross Gallery hosted a virtual conversation about the state of public art, looking to the past, present, and future of Philly monuments. Pam Forsythe listened in.
I lost my library job because I refused to work with the public in the pandemic
Grab your books and go
After decades behind the circulation desk, Roz Warren didn’t feel safe going back to work in the pandemic.
Here’s what my blindness made me realize about superheroes
Reinventing the hero
Danie Jackson grew up loving superheroes, but a changing career and coping with vision loss brought a new perspective on helping and accepting help.
Here’s how my Jewish great-grandparents’ Philly bakery lives in me today
The food chain
While braiding and baking the Friday challah, Anndee Hochman imagines her great-grandmother’s journey from Russia. What did she carry with her? Are those things alive today?
What being a caregiver in the pandemic taught me about real revolution
When anger isn’t enough
Before the pandemic hit, Michelle Nugent defined herself by her work as a teacher and writer. But a necessary shift to caregiving taught her more about our moment than she expected.
Who’s behind the lights of Philly’s most iconic nighttime landmarks?
Light at heart
Just like any major city, Philly wouldn't be the same without the lights dotting its skyline. Camille Bacon-Smith talks to the people who keep them on.
Philly’s pandemic-era arts reckoning gives leaders a choice
Will we survive? It’s up to us
The current controversies on our arts scene didn’t begin with the pandemic—but life in lockdown forced the community to reckon with its true priorities. Tenara Calem explores the choice arts leaders must make.