STORYTIME: How I Met the Person I’m Seeing At A Poetry Slam

It was February 5th and the night of the Women of the World Poetry Slam qualifier for Spokane. The room was packed, filtered through the pink and blue light of the stage, and I was having an anxiety attack. Even though I’ve been doing the poetry thing for a fat minute, and have performed at … More STORYTIME: How I Met the Person I’m Seeing At A Poetry Slam

Take Your Diamonds And Throw ‘Em Up, Like You’re Bulimic

Cw: Explicit talk of bulimia and bulimic behaviors, including b/p & other symptoms “Everything hurts and I need attention constantly,” I told my friend over messenger last night. “Why does everything hurt?” “I don’t know. I have constant muscle aches for no reason. Probably because I’m a career bulimic.” “Oh, I forgot about the bulimia,” … More Take Your Diamonds And Throw ‘Em Up, Like You’re Bulimic

“That Was Just Sex, But This Is My Work:” On Sex, Identity, and Meaning

cw for relentless self-exposure and sex mention.   In the first essay of Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, “Take My Virginity (No, Really, Take It)” Dunham writes about the intersection of sex and identity, recounting the tale of her first sexual encounter with a collegiate friend, its dull aches, its odd noises. Of … More “That Was Just Sex, But This Is My Work:” On Sex, Identity, and Meaning

That Time I Accidentally Fell In Love, And It Was the Worst

CW: Some of the language recalled in conversation is abusive and could be triggering.  I spent a lot of time not loving anybody. Perhaps I was in love with the ribbed sides of books, the smell of their yellowing pages, or the breve at the top of a coffee cup, steamed and foaming against my … More That Time I Accidentally Fell In Love, And It Was the Worst

Stop Being So Sanctimonious About Last Night’s AHS

A great big huge enormous trigger warning for graphic discussion of sexual assault. Last night, “American Horror Story: Hotel” premiered on FX, making a clean-sweep of the ratings with over five million viewers, as projected and in line with last year’s thunderous opening. It’s no question that the episodic drama featuring an ensemble-cast of ragtags … More Stop Being So Sanctimonious About Last Night’s AHS

I Am a Native American Woman With White Privilege

Note from the author: This blog uses the term “white privilege.” The correct term is “white-passing privilege.” Please note that white-passing privilege is what I am referring to in this blog.  First off, I think it’s important to say that I do not, and have not ever primarily identified as white. On my mother’s side, … More I Am a Native American Woman With White Privilege