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Essays

Essays

By Mark Elzey

The speaker takes aim at pop psychology, the notion of inferiority complexes, and Chicago’s heinous “Ugly Laws.”

By Tyrell Collins

A scholarly and thoughtful epistolary celebrating black female identity and inventorying the rousing literature it produces.

By Betty Rosen

An inquiry into the enduring power of Shakespeare’s classic opens the castle gates to a battalion of existential musings.

By Mark Elzey

Conditions are placed on relationships and ideals of acceptable appearance are carelessly imposed.

By Cris Harris

The ardent toil of a tiny colony fills a lumberjack with fascination, admiration, and self-reflection.

By Mark Elzey

A bridge between bigotries is built and the memoirist finds a life-altering clarity in his prejudice.

The Gift Chapter 5 art
By Mark Elzey

This installment of Mark Elzey’s autobiography brings the reader through an interminable and harrowing string of childhood corrective surgeries for the sake of “normalization”.

Hollow Threats art
By Mary Gustafson

The nightmares forbid forgetting.

The Gift essay art
By Mark Elzey

The next installment of Mark Elzey’s autobiographical book revisits a life-changing, perspective-altering trauma.

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