The River Rises to Meet YouBy Nicole Miller
Alone, un-housed, we moved with the current, the future suspended like the long lines of a spider’s silk flung loose on the air.
Hidden in a SuitcaseBy Michele Leavitt
In search of the mother who gave her up for adoption, the author finds six siblings instead. Decades later, she contemplates the drug addiction that cost many of them their lives.
Fiction Tells a Truth That History CannotBy Maaza Mengiste and Rodrigo Rey Rosa
On being mentored by Breyten Breytenbach and Paul Bowles.
An Art Without an ArtworkBy Tom Russell
A summer of chess in Bryant Park.
Water in the DesertBy Beth Alvarado
From 1952 to 1981, a chemical used to clean airplanes contaminated the groundwater in a Tucson community. By the time the city stepped in, thousands were already sick or dying.
Death of a ValleyBy Lauren Markham
In 1953, California sacrificed a town to stave its own thirst. But the act was futile, and the state is thirstier than ever.
On MercyBy Lacy M. Johnson
Reconciling a death sentence, from a pediatric cancer ward to death row.
The Author Is Purely a NameBy Elena Ferrante
Fragments on writing, publishing, and being an anonymous worldwide phenomenon.
The Boundaries of NatureSeptember 2015
A Guernica special issue.
Myrrh in the Time of the AnthropoceneBy Anna Badkhen
Boundaries of Nature: Each time my friend reaches for his resin, he taps into a global knowledge honed over millennia, a true people’s pharmacopeia.
Splitting the MoonBy Alan Lightman
Boundaries of Nature: A physicist considers the appeal of miracles.
The Age of LonelinessBy Meera Subramanian
Boundaries of Nature: When have humans ever looked at something we need, or even just want, and walked away?
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.