Story of the Year 2017, Thank You, and Farewell

We have a couple things to say – first, we’re excited to announce the nominees for our Story of the Year Contest!   The editors picked five stories that were our favorites of the year. These are stories that each showcase the visceral, open nature of live lit and demonstrate how the art of performance is pushing creative nonfiction in exciting new directions. So who wins? It’s up to you. You read, you vote, you decide. Voting takes place now through Monday, January […]

Brooke Allen

Birth Order | Brooke Allen

“You must be the oldest of your siblings,” people say when I’m being bossy and trying to schedule social events three months ahead of time. “You must be the middle child,” people say when I’m feeling melancholy and mopey and like no one really gets me. “You’re obviously the baby in your family,” people say when I’m acting silly or hedonistic or a little bit entitled. “Are you an only child?” I’ve been asked once or twice, when people see […]

female bodies

Bodies | Brooke Allen

I wrote this piece after the election, but I don’t want to talk about politics.  We’ve had enough of that this week. Just this morning I was told by a man on Facebook that I was “extremely arrogant” for expressing my political views. So I’m not even going to mention the election, or even tell you who I voted for. It will have to remain a yuuuuge mystery. I promise this piece will be absolutely unbiased toward any candidate or […]