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You might have seen Haley Mlotek’s byline in nearly every publication that matters—The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Village Voice, even in the pages of this very magazine. If you’ve read it, Mlotek has probably written for it. Her writing occupies that genre-less space; it’s not quite strictly personal, not entirely journalistic. Her voice is distinct, even if she’s not writing about herself. When you read one of her pieces,...
Many young people who write amusing things on the Internet have a similar goal: to get that precious New Yorker byline or to leave the media world entirely and write for television. Hallie Cantor has done both, with her writing regularly appearing in the venerable magazine’s “Shouts and Murmurs” section and having worked on the writing team on the sketch series Inside Amy Schumer and Maya & Marty. Cantor’s best work pokes fun at the indignities of young womanhood...
If you’ve spent time in a hospital, you know the chaos—the doctors and nurses and orderlies rushing around in order to help an endless line of patients. But every now and then those employees need a savior, too. Enter Michelle Crentsil, who has advocated on behalf of those same health advocates as part of the Service Employees International Union. At heart—and ever since she was as kid—Crentsil’s concern and work has centered on pervasive injustices....
An unwillingness to budge is a good way to put your stamp on the world, and Morgan Parker has managed to do so with a passionate, uncompromising voice that examines black femininity in our current American culture. Her poetry has appeared in some of the usual places poems do (Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, Tin House) and some in more surprising venues (BuzzFeed and Lenny Letter). That’s a testament to how her work speaks...

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