I Was a Featured Speaker at Gilmore Girls Fan Fest 2018

One woman’s weekend in real-life Stars Hollow.

Design by Sam Oldshue. I found out about Gilmore Girls Fan Fest while serving, in August, on Appalachian Trail Support Crew for FOOT, a pre-orientation backpacking program for first-years at Yale. We –– the four people charged with handling emergencies in the backcountry –– were stationed in Kent, Connecticut, and it was while perusing Yelp on a desperate quest for a bagel that I discovered that the town hosts a gathering for Gilmore Girls fans in October. I didn’t know much about the show at. . . Read more
Lily Dodd
sonnet to the hummingbird

small heart, why do you explode against yourself each dewy morning? I yearn to stroke each feather that folds backwards in your tightened skin. does each rib expand in heat as you shudder through the air? in the garden, beyond the honeysuckles, my eyes trail your swirling flight. my skin is taut over my bones, … Continue reading sonnet to the hummingbird

small heart, why do you explode against yourself each dewy morning? I yearn to stroke each feather that folds backwards in your tightened skin. does each rib expand in heat as you shudder through the air? in the garden, beyond the honeysuckles, my eyes trail your swirling flight. my skin is taut over my bones, and I dream of being small and warm in someone’s hands. oh, tiny muscle, filled with ice, how long does it take your blurred form to die? two years, and. . . Read more
Kinsale Hueston
Hopefully You’ve Learned Korean By Now

Design by Julia Hedges. When I told people that I learned Korean over the summer of 2013, they assumed I went to Korea, not that I lived with five other teenage girls in a cabin named for a North Korean work camp on the shores of Turtle Lake in Bemidji, Minnesota. At Korean language immersion … Continue reading Hopefully You’ve Learned Korean By Now

Design by Julia Hedges. When I told people that I learned Korean over the summer of 2013, they assumed I went to Korea, not that I lived with five other teenage girls in a cabin named for a North Korean work camp on the shores of Turtle Lake in Bemidji, Minnesota. At Korean language immersion camp, we all wore hanboks at least once. We ate bulgogi and bibimbap, omelet rice and sundubu jjigae. We did taekwondo, sang Korean children’s songs, learned traditional dances and ate. . . Read more
Julia Hedges
Diverted

A new model of policing has reduced recidivism in Seattle and Albany. But a year after New Haven adopted a similar program, community leaders say the city has fallen short.

Photo by Vivek Suri. Officer Osvaldo Garcia rubbed his eyes and yawned as he slumped into the driver’s seat of his police cruiser. “It’s been a long day,” he sighed. But it was about to get much longer. For four hours, Garcia and I would sit idling in a parking lot in The Hill, a neighborhood just west of downtown New Haven, our only company the intermittent crackle of Garcia’s radio and the whoosh of cars careening down Columbus Avenue. Garcia is tall with close-cropped. . . Read more
Jack McCordick
The Kid’s Speech

For decades, pediatric speech therapist Wendy Marans has fixed stutters and lisps in her Church Street office.

Illustration by Sam Oldshue. Wendy Marans’ name is a diagnostic test of sorts. Section one, “wɛndi,” isn’t too hard. It can be broken down into five distinct sounds: /w/, /ɛ/, /n/, /d/, and /i/. They’re all articulated near the front of the oral tract, so the challenge is just remembering to connect the /n/ and /d/ consonant blends. Fortunately, the two phonemes don’t occur in distant sites of the mouth, which is the hardest part about other consonant blends like “gr” or “tw.” The “nd,”. . . Read more
Antonia Ayres-Brown
Godspeed

A group of Connecticut motorcyclists is spreading the Gospel on wheels.

Photo by Robbie Short. Trinity sits with her manicured hands folded neatly, flanked by her fellow Christian motorcyclists on a black leather couch. Mary Magdalene, Zephaniah, and II Timothy sit to her left; Sheba and Eve to her right. “I like to wear pumps when I ride,” Trinity says. “My husband doesn’t like it, but I like the look.” Sheba, whose name appears on a black, diamond-bedazzled headband and in a tattoo in Gothic lettering on her right arm, laughs in agreement. “I wear a. . . Read more
Zola Canady
Democracy, Demystified

Each fall, twenty-five New Haveners get an inside look at how their city operates.

Photo by Carina Gormley. One evening in late September, I walked into the Aldermanic Hearing Room on the lower level of the New Haven Hall of Records. The room’s walls were lined with maps, planners, and varnished wood trim. Michael Harris leaned against a table as he chatted with the people gathered at the front of the room. When all twenty-six students had arrived, Harris pointed to a city map and requested that we each find our ward. Then, he thanked us for coming, and. . . Read more
Carina Gormley
The Road Back

Students forced to withdraw from Yale have seventy-two hours to leave campus. To return, they must navigate a convoluted process.

Photo of Charelle Brown by Robbie Short. On November 14, 2017, Jesica Springer was at rehearsal for the Yale Dramatic Association’s production of Dreamgirls when a twelve-pound disco ball fell on her head. The following day, she went to Yale Health, where a doctor told her she would recover within two weeks. She continued to attend classes, and tried to ignore the headaches that worsened each time she looked at the board or her notebook. But Springer, then in her first semester at Yale, did. . . Read more
Elliot Wailoo
The People at the Polls

On November 6, New Haven’s forty polling places were abuzz.

Two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, Americans are riled up. In the 2018 midterms, on November 6, an estimated 113 million of them flocked to the polls, marking the highest turnout rate in a midterm election since 1966. That energy spread to New Haven, where turnout spiked by more than 7,500 votes from 2014 to 2018. Some voters showed up out of concern for thwe state of the nation: people like Ananya Kumar-Banerjee, who led a group of Yale Democrats across the Green to register. . . Read more
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