February was another banner month for Women Who Submit members finding homes for their great work. Congratulations to all the women who had work published in February.
From “September 13, 2001: How Fear United Us” by Désirée Zamorano at Catapult:
For many of us over thirty years old, September 11, 2001 is the ultimate demarcation of our experience as citizens, a pre- and post-worldview of who we are as Americans. We remember where we were when we heard or watched the news about the Twin Towers. Do you remember where you were two days later, on September 13, 2001? I do. I was with a group of anxious and excited strangers.
From Melissa Chadburn‘s “Economic Violence: On Being Skipped Over or Paraded in Front of a Crowd” at Proximity:
My saddest story is not the story of growing up in foster care, or losing a brother to HIV, or losing another brother to drug addiction. My saddest story is a simple one. One where I was a young girl, maybe around eight, and I loved everyone and everything. I loved my street, I loved my mailbox, I loved my teacher, I loved my hair, I loved clothes, I loved buses, I loved trees, and I assumed everyone and everything loved me back. But then one day I discovered that wasn’t so. Maybe someone made a crude gesture, or yelled at me, or I got skipped over in line, and there it began—the breaking of my heart.
From “The Widow Next Door” by Shawna Kenney at The Manifest-Station:
Now I live in Los Angeles, where I’ve left apartments due to bad neighbors—3 a.m. high-heeled stompers, incessant complainers, violent rage-aholics… but even in a city as vast as this, where things get downright Darwinian when it comes to parking spaces or freeway merging, I have mostly lived next to nice people. It’s good to know the mailman and it makes me happy to find familiar faces in a county of 10 million. Deep in my psyche, Sesame Street always looms as the ideal.
From “How to Stick Your Head in the Sand” by Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo at Fear No Lit:
Kneel to the ground, sit back on your feet,
relax shoulders and plunge.
When you feel your throat begin to burn
from lack of oxygen, you will know
you have done it right.
Congratulations to Rachel Sona Reed whose book review of Grandmothers at Work: Juggling Families and Jobs was published at Anthropology and Aging!
Congratulations also go out to Noriko Nakada whose essay “A Short History of Insanity” was published at Meridian!