Sister Cities (Thành Phố Chị Em)

Sister Cities (Thành Phố Chị Em)

Photo: Wonju Train Station, South Korea –  Trainholic via Wikimedia Commons. License:CC BY-SA 4.0 Chanlee Luu is a Vietnamese-Chinese American writer from southern Virginia. She received her MFA in creative writing at Hollins University and BS in chemical...
A Summer Inquisition

A Summer Inquisition

Photo: “view along Campbell Avenue in Roanoke, Virginia” by Kipp Teague. License: CC BY-NC 2.0 In the Rusted Downtown, an Auntielooks for a spot to park. It is confusing—the Laws of Space: paying to place a Metal Pieceon a Monopoly Board: The City Grid....
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Sea?

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Sea?

Photo: “Hollins University” by Jason Wagner. License: CC BY-NC 2.0 IAcross from my new university, thereis a chicken, or rather, a statue of one,its tail and wings shaped like flames,painted black like it’s racing to go somewhere.But the exhaust is burnt, its feet...
How to get a good apartment in Lagos

How to get a good apartment in Lagos

Photo by T. Obi, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons This story, as with all stories about apartments in Lagos, begins with a girl searching for home on lost shores and fading highways. And the sellers of the city conning naïve buyers in the streets, drying out...
Becoming Alive in Bosa

Becoming Alive in Bosa

Photos by Claudia Lundahl We land in Alghero and the air feels like a warm bath, tepid and gentle, soothing my senses – a corporeal lullaby that triggers an immediate shift in my mindscape. I’ve been here before, several years ago, and my body seems to remember. I...
The Meter’s Jammed, So I Left You Some Quarters

The Meter’s Jammed, So I Left You Some Quarters

Photo by Monica Louzon People hurry out of your way when you’re a meter maid. I should know — I’ve been one in Cape May for eleven years. They’re always running to add quarters to expiring meters or scurrying away, hoping they won’t catch your...