Best Laid Plans

Written by Anna Claire Hodge. Edited by Mara Strobel-Lanka. In the photo, I’m wearing unflattering overalls; my arms are thrust high in the air and light pours through the atrium of the dead mall. It’s not where I’d imagined spending our first anniversary, but my face was joyous and like a child’s. The movie Jide… Continue reading Best Laid Plans

Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City

During my four-year Ph.D. program at Florida State, it was difficult to imagine the end. But once my dissertation was approved, my rented cap and gown returned, and all the champagne guzzled, leaving Tallahassee became a reality. I’d have to go somewhere, and it seemed only right that I move to Jacksonville, where my boyfriend… Continue reading Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City

February 14th

On February 14th, when I was 5 years old, the love of my very short life gave me a gold bracelet from the carnival with my name engraved on it. I thought I would get in trouble for a boy getting me a gift, so I hid it in a tiny box in my room… Continue reading February 14th

The Late Bloomers Club

  This summer, my boyfriend left our apartment to find a flyer on his car. Safe from the weather in a plastic baggie weighed down with white rice was a rectangle of paper warning “Anyone (sic) of you black apes caught making eyes at a white girl will be beaten with bats…” It goes on.… Continue reading The Late Bloomers Club