When the Waves Overturned GriefBy Andrea Woodhouse
Ten years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, remembering normalcy and chaos in the province of Aceh.
What the Trees RevealBy Joanna Chen
When we moved to the Ella Valley, my partner and I took great care not to build on land that might have belonged to Palestinians before the war of 1948.
Religion in America: Gods and DevilsDecember 2014
A Guernica special issue.
Yo Soy el DiabloBy Scott Cheshire
Religion in America: The Devil as part of a rather American tradition.
What Will Happen to All of That Beauty?By Ayana Mathis
Religion in America: Why does our humanity mean we are at once of God and utterly separate from Him?
Allah Guides to His Light Whomever He WishesBy Peter Manseau
Religion in America: Muslim revert Kenny Irwin Jr.’s Robolights display is a fixture of Christmas in Southern California.
The Limits of JurisdictionBy Erin Siegal McIntyre
For the past six years, Karen has lived in Missouri with her adoptive parents. But a Guatemalan couple are convinced the child is their kidnapped daughter, Anyelí.
La MilongueraBy Tamzin Baker
In Buenos Aires, a tango dancer’s tragic accident ends her career—and unearths longstanding trauma.
After the Green DeathBy Will Boast
At the top of the pantheon of spirits in Burma are the Thirty-Seven Nats. Twirling on earth, in a shimmering shawl, is their 74-year-old medium, U Nan Win.
FatherlandBy Nisa Qazi
When they arrived in Abbottabad, my mother thought it was the most beautiful place she had ever seen. My father was glad for his homecoming.
The Junk TradeBy Randal O’Wain
I could still feel his touch, and each time I thought about his truck I felt guilty.
ConsumedBy Lance Richardson
A meditation on being eaten.
Soldier GirlBy Rohini Mohan
Looking back on a fifteen-year career as a Tamil Tiger.
In the Prison of New BeginningsBy Tanya Erzen
In the South’s bloodiest prisons, Baptists say they can reform prisoners by turning them into missionaries.
American Empires: Power and Its DiscontentsOctober 2014
American Empires: A Guernica special issue.
The Rise and Fall of Public Housing in NYCBy Richard Price
American Empires: A subjective overview.
From Baghdad to the BakkenBy Laura Gottesdiener
American Empires: Home from the oil wars abroad, US service members and military contractors are flocking to North Dakota’s emerging boomtowns.
The Chicken CompetitionBy Christopher Leonard
American Empires: How poultry companies concentrate wealth and pit farmers against each other in a secretive tournament pay system.
UnravelingBy Toni Nealie
What kind of real mother would film the death of a child?
Freedom MandateBy Sarah Smarsh
When the religious right co-opts the push to reinvigorate civics education, dubious legislation reveals the most powerful people in public schools.
Medicine and Its MetaphorsBy Eula Biss
A mother confronts the waning paternalism of doctors and comes to terms with needing the care of others.
Once ReturnedEdited by Cate Malek and Mateo Hoke
I admit my decision to move my family to Gaza is kind of strange.
I Said InfantryBy Brian Turner
An Army sergeant reflects on his service in Iraq and how his family’s history with PTSD led him to sign up in the first place.
Keeping PaceBy Brandon Lingle
His son’s diagnosis—hypoplastic left heart syndrome—has one father thinking about the reasons to run.
Prison Journal of a Child BrideBy Zarbibi, translated by Roger Sedarat
At times I wonder whether they considered me a human being or a lamb to sacrifice for their own good.
Going UndergroundBy Raphael Allison
Rock bands, the academy as subculture, and staving off the crisis in the humanities.
Class in America: The Fault LinesJune 2014
A Guernica special issue.
Scenes From a Life in NegrolandBy Margo Jefferson
We knew what was expected of us. Negro privilege had to be circumspect: impeccable but not arrogant; confident yet obliging; dignified, not intrusive.
Ghosts in the Land of PlentyBy Luis Alberto Urrea
I always seek out the maids. I always want to help the janitors sweep. My wife says I have a Jesus complex. What I have is a class issue.
The Teaching ClassBy Rachel Riederer
Teaching college is no longer a middle-class job, and everyone paying tuition should care.