• “Mixed Girls” by Lauren Hoogkamer

    Trace my skin: White and black and brown — Indescribable, I am all the colors in between. Look in my eyes: Slanted, big and small — They’re all the shapes of round. Feel my hair: It’s curly, kinky, nappy Sleek and straight and soft.

  • “Frank” by Fishspit

    Yeah, I felt like I was thrown away, tossed to the hyenas. When I experienced my first bout of mental illness at age 13, I lived in a place where mental health treatment wasn’t looked upon with favor, or not looked at in any manner. There certainly weren’t any school counselors, not like today. I’m bitter about that.