Essays

Desiree Cooper

No Words Jay was an expressive kid from the womb, a busy baby who had an adorable need to communicate endlessly. But when he was about eighteen months old, he suddenly started going from purposeful babble to a furious cyclone, flinging himself down and…

March 22, 2018
Essays

Sharon Goldberg

It Happened There The young woman in the old photo looks serene. She gazes at the camera, dark eyes unflinching, full lips closed but relaxed, nose distinguished, hair pulled back, perhaps in a bun, a wisp of curl escaping. She is more handsome than…

March 22, 2018
Essays

Alyssa Quinn

Dictionary of God Perhaps our role on this planet is not to worship God—but to create Him.                                                      …

March 22, 2018
Semi;Colon

February Fire and Fury

Reading Michael Wolff’s account in The Hollywood Reporter about how he got access to the West Wing while writing Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House got me thinking about Lillian Ross, the longtime writer for The New Yorker, who died last fall…

February 15, 2018
Semi;Colon

Writing? What is that?

People say you can’t teach talent, that not everybody has the ability to be the next Toni Morrison or F. Scott Fitzgerald, or someday play for the Cubs, or become a famous musician. And perhaps this is true. But if we stop trying to be an…

February 15, 2018
Semi;Colon

Defining a “True” Writer

Close your eyes and imagine a writer. Where are they? What are they like? When I used to think of a writer, I would think of a person sitting at a mahogany desk, or maybe at a Parisian cafe, or maybe a really Brooklyn-esque cafe (you know,…

February 15, 2018
Essays

Mark Dostert

Getting Rid of the Get During my eleven years teaching seventh-grade English, the personal narrative essay was part of my state’s mandatory writing test. The prompts went something like this: Write about a time when you learned a new skill or Write about a…

February 15, 2018