History Is Who You’ve LostBy Rita Gabis
I, without knowing, dreamed parts of a truth. One part is this: my grandfather on my mother’s side was a murderer. Or was he?
Reintroductions and Other TranslocationsBy Kim Todd
The water had been empty and now was full. This felt like what we should be doing with our human urge to meddle in natural affairs.
Flight of the RulerBy Gabrielle Bellot
A transwoman in exile.
WovenBy Lidia Yuknavitch
Every story I have ever told has a kind of breach to it, I think. You could say that my writing isn’t quite right. That all the beginnings have endings in them.
The Rhino’s Last StandBy Carly Nairn
Is domestication a final hope for the world’s rhinos?
Stars in My Pocket Like Bits of DataBy Paul Stephens
The poetics of information overload.
The Boundaries of TasteJune 2015
A Guernica special issue.
The Fifth FlavorBy Roland Kelts
Boundaries of Taste: Umami gives identity and intricacy to mother’s milk, a bowl of ramen, a writer poised between Japan and America.
The RationalistBy Sonia Faleiro
Boundaries of Taste: Chased from his native India, Sanal Edamaruku contemplates the power of offense and accustoms himself to his new homeland.
Death Is a Way to BeBy C. Morgan Babst
Boundaries of Taste: If we dance around our dead in New Orleans, it is because we have to.
Murder in UniformBy Talal Ansari
Kashmir’s most infamous “fake encounter” leaves five families desperate for justice.
How to Teach a NightmareBy Aisha Sabatini Sloan
When I find out that Galway Kinnell has passed away, I will read The Book of Nightmares in a library, tears coating my face like sweat.
Unwanted AliveBy J. Malcolm Garcia
Since changes to US immigration law in the ’90s, many veterans are being deported.
ShatteredBy Sonya Lea
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 ForgettingBy Michelle García
Inspired by Eduardo Galeano, the discovery that all wars—personal, territorial, political—have afterlives in our grief and memory.
They Seem to Be ImmortalBy Zach St. George
The expansive, ongoing fight to save the sequoias.
Iowa PastoralBy Dao Strom
Unintended lessons from the acclaimed American writing program.
The TigerBy Ellen Wiles, including an interview with Win Tin
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 GenderMarch 2015
A Guernica special issue.
The Transformation of Mama PaulinaBy Chika Unigwe
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 TehranBy Habibe Jafarian, translated from the Persian by Salar Abdoh
Boundaries of Gender: I stay because, as my mother never stopped repeating, I am my own woman, but also my own man.
GirlBy Alexander Chee
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 HairBy Nishta Mehra
On interracial adoption in “post-racial” America.
FieldworkBy Quintan Ana Wikswo
Lost and found in the femicide regions of the US-Mexico border.
The ChairBy Emily Strasser
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 LankaBy Nimmi Gowrinathan
Humanitarian efforts may alleviate the pain, but do they stop the political strife that leaves victims bleeding?
The Rabbit SlaughterBy Vincent Crapanzano
An anthropologist examines the meanings of sacrifice and slaughter—with his own life as the case study.
Everything Just DisappearedBy Katherine Rowland
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 AsylumBy Barbara Taylor
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 GriefBy Andrea Woodhouse
Ten years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, remembering normalcy and chaos in the province of Aceh.