issue 5: frontiers

Race Home

In late August 2016, about five minutes from my house, Kenneth Walker, the only black volunteer firefighter in North Tonawanda, New York, received a racist threat in the mail. It read: NIGGERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE FIREFIGHTERS. NO ONE WANTS YOU IN THIS CITY. YOU HAVE UNTIL THE END OF THE WEEK TO RESIGN […]

issue 4: organizing

Dead Reckoning

  “Where are we?” says one sailor. “I’m not sure. Do we even know where we’re going?” replies the other. They share looks of consternation and confusion, a moment of despair. Then they pull out their log books and their compasses. They calculate their place in the world, which way they’re headed and how far […]

issue 4: organizing


The town of Portsmouth, Ohio, has been called the “pill mill of America” and has signified ground zero of the opioid epidemic for many. The Portsmouth Stealth, a semi-pro football team, and one that is community-minded, is telling a different story about their town. They play in Spartan Stadium, once home to one of the original […]

issue 3: teachers

Teaching is a Profession

  As a child in South Carolina, my nightly ritual was to go into my parents’ room and tell them goodnight. They would usually be reading in bed, the television on low, waiting for the late news on WIS-TV. As I got older this became rather perfunctory—sometimes I’d just peek my head through the doorframe […]

issue 3: teachers

My Life in Standardized Teaching

Morgan asks to meet with me after class to discuss the upcoming paper assignment. We just finished reading a 1960s lesbian pulp novel in “Introduction to LGBT Studies” and the assignment in question is a creative one with 3 choices: either retell a scene from the book in a contemporary context with contemporary dialogue, tell […]