Potbelly

Want to listen to the article? Great–listen here! Like a potbellied sandwich Found in a neighborhood sandwich shop I’m hot and gooey Swiss-cheesy Filled with red and green hot peppers I come with or without mustard On wheat or white Thinly or thickly sliced Can I change the world? The potbellied sandwich can! He is […]

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My Desert

Want to listen to the article? Great–listen here! My dear waters, I leave you today, for a desert that isn’t chocolate-filled or creamy. My desert has saguaros and ocotillos, Howling coyotes at sunset. My desert doesn’t move hypnotically, to the rhythm of waves and wind. My desert is rugged and sharp. I am coming home.

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Litva

Want to listen to the article? Great–listen here! Sarah, my great grandma Sarah, I have given you back your daughter Mina. She has returned to you. Even though we have not yet met; you will know me by my words. You know them now. I know you do. My words sail down the Kaunas River […]

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Submission Sunday: The Rejection Interview with Tamara MC

Want to listen to the article? Great–listen here! SS: Thanks so much for agreeing to this interview, Tamara! Would you say that you fear rejection? Why or why not?  TMC: I’ve never been terribly afraid of rejection. Anything that didn’t come into my life wasn’t meant to. Life would be overwhelming if everything was a yes, […]

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The survivor stories blog interview project 2024

Want to listen to the article? Great–listen here! 1. What is your personal experience with gender-based violence (this may include domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, female genital mutilation etc)? I grew up in a cult in Texas during the 80s and 90s and was married at 12 as a child bride. I stayed with my husband […]

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Tamara’s story of surviving child marriage at 12.

Article Voiceover AHA Foundation: Can you start by telling us about your upbringing? Particularly the religious culture that you were brought up in. Tamara: When I was 5 years old, my life completely changed. My father joined a new religion, which he thought would be a utopian community where all was going to be good. […]

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Ain’t that a Mother: A conversation with Adiba Nelson

Adiba Nelson is the author of “Ain’t that a Mother,” a hilarious and vulnerable memoir about Black motherhood, Cerebral Palsy, and surviving intergenerational trauma. Adiba’s memoir is timely and so important because it discusses important themes such as Plan B in today’s post Roe v. Wade climate, postpartum depression, and the *shit* show of dating. The memoir even dips into the beautiful world of burlesque dancing.

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My boyfriend broke up with me on Christmas.

Want to listen to the article? Great–listen here! My boyfriend and I had a perfect Christmas with a Venezuelan meal, a fire pit, and dancing.  But that night, he broke up with me; maybe he was grieving his former life with his ex and kids.  I haven’t dated since and have embraced my independence while […]

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