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  • Pushcart Prize Nomination: My Mother’s First Daughter by Cody Norris
    I am my mother’s first daughter. My mother, who taught me how to weed a garden. She taught me how to pull carefully at the base of the stem, to bring up the roots. Otherwise, the weed will just grow back. I am my mother’s first daughter, despite the hair that grows on my chin and my chest and my legs and below my belly button and spreads more onto my shoulders every day. Despite my broad shoulders and the almost imperceptible lumps of my pectoral muscles sitting over two long, white scars. Despite my low voice and my short, comb-over haircut. I look in the mirror at my receding hairline, my angular jaw, the musculature of my chest and abdomen and I see daughter etched in every line of my body. It spreads like a weed. It was there when I put on my first pair of boxer shorts. It was there when I was wheeled into surgery and there when I woke up Those two long scars on my chest revealing an absence of breasts, daughter stitched into each one. It is there every other Sunday when I sit on the toilet and stick a needle into my thigh and push the testosterone gel into my skin. I think it will push daughter out but it does not. No matter what I do, I cannot bring up the roots.
  • Pushcart Prize Nomination: A Place by Samantha Mosca
    I want to use the photographs to cover up the last week. Boxes and boxes of them are carted out. They have to be divided amongst the three of us siblings anyway, we may as well start now. The journey is red eyed, but tearless. We don’t like to cry in front of each other, but I don’t know why. Vulnerability was a sin in my mother’s childhood and I think a little of that was poured into our family recipe.
  • Artist Spotlight: Sofia Eskola
    Sofia Eskola is a Finnish photographer. Her work stems from exploring different emotions. Visually Eskola uses a conceptual approach to exhibit the diversity of mindsets…
  • Author Spotlight: Blake Parrish Carpenter
    You can follow Blake Parrish Carpenter on Twitter. Their piece, ‘What Makes a Question Necessary’, is in Epoch’s Issue 4, Transitions.  ‘Transitions’ is such an…
  • Author Spotlight: Gargi Shivanand
    Gargi Shivanand is an aspiring researcher and poet based in Hyderabad, India. When not pursuing research, she spends her time divining the stories behind people’s…
  • Artist Spotlight: Mohamed Tonsy
    Mohamed Tonsy is a queer Egyptian writer and a recent PhD graduate of Edinburgh University. Mohamed has a ceramics practice that runs parallel to his writing,…
  • Author Spotlight: MK Thompson
    MK Thomson is a figurative painter from the northwest of Scotland. She is currently studying fine art in Dundee. She can be found on Instagram,…
  • Author Spotlight: Lisa Molina
    Lisa Molina is a writer/educator in Austin, Texas USA, where she earned her BFA in Theatre/English Education. She has two chapbooks forthcoming in 2022, published…
  • Author Spotlight: Michael James Byrne
    Michael is an accomplished actor, singer, and director that has worked across the globe. His most notable credits include premiering the role of Pip in…

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