This Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I acknowledge survivors' complicated feelings
Me too, with love
Daralyse Lyons experienced sexual abuse at a young age, and then she experienced other people’s assumptions about how she should feel about it. How did she navigate recovery?
In the pandemic, these video games keep us connected to life—and each other
Gaming in quarantine
While the COVID-19 pandemic has many of us mired at home, video-gaming has seen a massive surge. Even folks who have never tried it have plenty of reasons to give it a shot. Matthew John Phillips has tips.
A comprehensive list of what not to do as COVID-19 hits Philly
Keep Ben Franklin out of this
After more than two years of isolation (or is it two weeks?) due to the novel coronavirus, it starts to feel tough to separate fact from fiction. Nick Kupsey is here for you.
Writers can do justice to characters outside their own identities. Here’s how.
Under other skins
Writing in the voice of a character who doesn’t share your identity takes a lot of learning and soul-searching, finds author Constance Garcia-Barrio, but it can be done well.
Are authors bound to write only within their own identities?
Rendering lives that aren’t yours
Writer Anndee Hochman—a queer Jewish white woman, the descendant of immigrants—grapples with which stories are really hers to tell.
One dance critic answers the eternal question: Are you a dancer?
So you think you can write about dance?
Does a dance critic need to be a dancer? Dance writer Melissa Strong has spent years answering that question for herself.
Thank you for not hugging me— now or ever
No contact before it was cool
Everybody loves a hug! It's good for you! No so fast. Some folks, like Roz Warren, have been dodging hugs since long before it was the health directive du jour.
Here’s what happened in my 2nd-grade classroom as COVID-19 became a pandemic
Poetry in the time of coronavirus
“We’re not closing,” a local K-5 principal told teaching writer-in-residence Anndee Hochman. But things changed more quickly than anyone could believe.
Here’s what family life with disabilities taught me about social distancing
Life at a distance
Montgomery County parents calling shutdowns because of COVID-19 "hype" may not realize that fellow parent Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer is at special risk because she's living with Type 1 diabetes. She's also protecting a family member on the autism spectrum.
What happens when we appreciate women without valuing them?
Well-behaved women in the real world
We often spend Women’s History Month focusing on famous figures—but what could a more collective way of thinking bring to our sense of the value of women who aren’t making history, but who are making our society? Michelle Nugent considers.