The first female African American dancer in the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland broke ballet barriers, both racial and body-related.
Female sommelier Marie Vayron’s love for wine has taken her from Paris to New York. It’s a common misconception that joining the family business stems from some sort of personal inertia.
Karla Lamb earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from GVSU, where she served as a poetry copy-editor for Fishladder and a contributor for INwriting newsletter. Her poetry has appeared in Pittsburgh City Paper, Neon Lung and two issues of Runaway Hotel. Her poem “Dear Father” was recently anthologized in Voices from the Attic Volume XIX. She is currently enrolled in Carlow University’s Creative Writing MFA program. She curates DOUBLE MIR OR Exhibit, while attending workshops, readings and collaborating with other artists and writers in Pittsburgh.
I keep hoping for a reinstatement, for Pluto to return to the end of the line of planets, the period, the punctuation of the galaxy. It wasn’t so long ago, we were planetary, a speck of dark matter floating around the Milky Way, our parents’ universe.
Margherita Urbani is an illustrator, graphic designer and art director. She was born and received her education in Italy before moving to the States in 2008. Her comics have been published in The New York Times, IL Magazine, Apartamento Magazine and others.
Iranian women avoid body hair like the plague. The norm is to commit to hairlessness, which is ironic for a population predominantly blessed with thick, dark hair.
For comedians Carolyn Castiglia and Lane Moore, painful topics mean opportunities for entertainment and connection.
In certain circles, Gillian Zinser is best known for her role as Ivy Sullivan in the recent spin-off of Darren Star’s “90210.” But to us, Zinser is a photographic storyteller whose dream-like images move us out of the ordinary and into the surreal.
After a year in the hospital, after blood transfusions and surgeries and chemotherapy not for cancer but to halt my immune system’s war against me, the appearance of my 15-year-old body had drastically changed.
In recent history, a growing acknowledgement of gender disparity in the workplace has led to more conversations about women’s initiatives and an increased focus on mentorship programs.
Instagram accounts like #byefelipe have become Public Shaming 2.0— giving women a chance to fight back.
I subscribed to the respectability politics of grooming African American hair, believing if I hid my blackness just enough, I would be acceptable.
The war that has so far claimed over a quarter million Syrian lives, including those of 30,000 children, has also displaced Thair and his entire family, disrupted his studies, and left the recent university graduate feeling squeezed out of the successful future he had long imagined and worked hard to achieve.
Rejection is either an act or a state of being. Marguerite Duras explores both in “The Lover,” an autobiography that itself rejects conventional prose …