Reclaiming the Eastland

The theme of reclaiming is examined with a wider lens in this piece by Jean Cozier, the founder of Awakenings. She writes about the Eastland tragedy that occured in Chicago — specifically, the near-forgotten women on the ship and the ways they suffered due to...

Let Me Tell You About Hazel

“Let Me Tell You About Hazel” holds a meta-narrative, a story inside a story — we meet J. Askew and we also meet Hazel, their fictional character. By telling us about Hazel, Askew shares how writing Hazel’s story has helped them live in their...

Beastman

With a compelling voice in a powerful story of experience with pedophilia, Jackie Bluu surges forward with a righteous desire for her trauma to be recognized and known. The piece doesn’t hide or sugar-coat; Bluu offers a clear view of her years enduring violence...