Culture

Amanda and Josh with their four kids

Safe Spaces: One Akron Family’s Life After Eviction

by April Sharp I first met Josh and Amanda in late 2019 when they began coming to the church my family attends. Their son Israel is in the same class as my son Chace, and Israel, like Chace, is on the autis...

A Letter to My Unborn Black Baby Boy

by Kenyona Matthews Dear unborn Black baby boy, I saw you today. You, with your strong heart and spine, refused to turn over for the ultrasound technician. You stood your ground and would not budge. I ju...
Sober Chronicles with Marc Lee Shannon

Sober Chronicles | The Art of Practicing

By Marc Lee Shannon When I was 14, I took a trip with my sister back to her home in the San Bernardino Valley in Southern California that lasted for about a month. Along for the ride was my really terrible ...
Six Feet Adrianne Rae

Six Feet | Adrianne Rae

words and photos by Ilenia Pezzaniti Adrianne Rae is a 34-year-old artist living in Akron. She sits on the sidewalk in front of an apartment building texting and listening to music, and is about to go on a ...
Beaver Marsh ducklings

A writer and a wildlife photographer go to Beaver Marsh

words by Steve Van Auken, photos by Marty Rogers Parents struggling with kids in advanced stages of cabin fever can now get federal aid. We're not talking about financial help. We're talking about access...