Unwanted Alive

By J. Malcolm Garcia
May 2015

Since changes to US immigration law in the ’90s, many veterans are being deported.


By Sonya Lea
May 2015

Every day I expect to wake up and discover that the morphine has worn off, and that Richard is back to the man he was before the surgery. Instead, quiet.

The War of Forgetting

By Michelle García
May 2015

Inspired by Eduardo Galeano, the discovery that all wars—personal, territorial, political—have afterlives in our grief and memory.

They Seem to Be Immortal

By Zach St. George
April 2015

The expansive, ongoing fight to save the sequoias.

Iowa Pastoral

By Dao Strom
April 2015

Unintended lessons from the acclaimed American writing program.

The Tiger

By Ellen Wiles, including an interview with Win Tin
April 2015

A Burmese poet and activist revisits the years of his incarceration, while urging change in a country that does not yet feel free.

The Boundaries of Gender

March 2015

A Guernica special issue.

The Transformation of Mama Paulina

By Chika Unigwe
March 2015

Boundaries of Gender: This time around, Mama Paulina would marry a woman. She was not looking for a sexual relationship, but for a wife who would provide her with sons.

How to Be a Woman in Tehran

By Habibe Jafarian, translated from the Persian by Salar Abdoh
March 2015

Boundaries of Gender: I stay because, as my mother never stopped repeating, I am my own woman, but also my own man.


By Alexander Chee
March 2015

Boundaries of Gender: Sometimes you don’t know who you are until you put on a mask.

Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair

By Nishta Mehra
March 2015

On interracial adoption in “post-racial” America.


By Quintan Ana Wikswo
March 2015

Lost and found in the femicide regions of the US-Mexico border.

The Chair

By Emily Strasser
February 2015

Dharamsala is the end of the journey for many Tibetans fleeing their Chinese-occupied homeland, and where their stories are told.

Narrating Crisis in Sri Lanka

By Nimmi Gowrinathan
February 2015

Humanitarian efforts may alleviate the pain, but do they stop the political strife that leaves victims bleeding?

The Rabbit Slaughter

By Vincent Crapanzano
February 2015

An anthropologist examines the meanings of sacrifice and slaughter—with his own life as the case study.

Everything Just Disappeared

By Katherine Rowland
February 2015

In Gavdos there is a sort of collective protest against the past. Not against history and the stubborn patterns we mistake for certainty, but against all evidence of time beyond the beach.

My Asylum

By Barbara Taylor
February 2015

After more than a century, Britain’s notorious asylums were slated for closure. Where does that leave the people they actually healed?

When the Waves Overturned Grief

By Andrea Woodhouse
January 2015

Ten years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, remembering normalcy and chaos in the province of Aceh.

What the Trees Reveal

By Joanna Chen
January 2015

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 Devils

December 2014

A Guernica special issue.

Yo Soy el Diablo

By Scott Cheshire
December 2014

Religion in America: The Devil as part of a rather American tradition.

What Will Happen to All of That Beauty?

By Ayana Mathis
December 2014

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 Wishes

By Peter Manseau
December 2014

Religion in America: Muslim revert Kenny Irwin Jr.’s Robolights display is a fixture of Christmas in Southern California.

The Limits of Jurisdiction

By Erin Siegal McIntyre
December 2014

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 Milonguera

By Tamzin Baker
December 2014

In Buenos Aires, a tango dancer’s tragic accident ends her career—and unearths longstanding trauma.

After the Green Death

By Will Boast
November 2014

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.


By Nisa Qazi
November 2014

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 Trade

By Randal O’Wain
November 2014

I could still feel his touch, and each time I thought about his truck I felt guilty.


By Lance Richardson
October 2014

A meditation on being eaten.

Soldier Girl

By Rohini Mohan
October 2014

Looking back on a fifteen-year career as a Tamil Tiger.

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