Women have long changed the course of art history. From Rembrandt to Duchamp, these are the artists who made their name by painting female nudes.
How Madeleine L’Engle’s Powerful Voice Shaped Science Fiction
Madeleine L’Engle pressed forward in making her strong female character known to the world.
How Marian Anderson’s Music Helped Combat Racial Equality
Marian Anderson used her rejection and status to shine a light on racial inequality and unite Americans.
Kathy Griffin’s Rise from the D-List to the A-List
How Kathy Griffin capitalized on her reputation as a D-list actress.
Ask a Psychologist: Should I Go to Therapy?
It could always be good time to go to therapy—and not just because you’re in crisis.
Refugees of the Mediterranean: Reflections of a Greek Cypriot
When I think about what is happening to refugees in the Mediterranean, I realize that history repeats itself in harsh ways.
How Misty Copeland Broke Down Ballet Barriers
The first female African American dancer in the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland broke ballet barriers, both racial and body-related.
Poem: Alisha by Karla Lamb
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.
Poem: Ode to Pluto by Kelli Russell Agodon
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.
Over and Over by Margherita Urbani
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.
From Tehran to Tehrangeles: Iranian Women’s Rejection of Body Hair
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.
Hurt Until It Laughs
For comedians Carolyn Castiglia and Lane Moore, painful topics mean opportunities for entertainment and connection.
Gillian Zinser’s Psychogenic Fugue
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.
This Is Me: How Chronic Illness Taught Me to Stop Hiding
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.