Essay

Preview the latest editorial features and art from the Exponent II magazine.

“On Saying Yes to Boys” by Hannah McDonald

I don’t remember who told me first — my mom? My dad? My Young Women’s President, the one with the indestructible, gravity-defying, blonde hair?...

“What They Taught Me” by Lisa Poulson

His eyelashes. They were the only part of his bashed-up face that I recognized. Careful to avoid the IVs, I reached for his hand....

“The Incoming U.S. Immigrant Website” by Sherrie L.M. Gavin

Thank you for applying to come to the United States! Have you tried our online “Explore My Options” tool? This feature quickly determines your...

“Grass Crown*” by Cynthia Watte Connell

I don’t remember her crying. I don’t remember her fear.  I don’t remember him leaving to serve a country that hated him. I don’t remember...

“A Woman, Mowing the Grass” by Amy Sorensen

On a deep-green April afternoon, Oriental poppies at the height of their orange perfection, my daughter draws with chalk on the driveway while I...

“Retreating” by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

I don’t know why it took me so long to consult the paper. I knew in my bones that our gatherings had produced our projects, rather than vice versa.

“Silent on the Stage” by Melissa Dickson Ricks

As I drove by The Auburn Performing Arts Center, I felt a physical ache. This beautiful, recently remodeled auditorium had sat lifeless for over...

“Has Motherhood Been What You Expected?” by Katy Ardans

I work in customer service. After hanging up on a rude customer, I scream obscenities, burst into tears, and rush outside to sit on...

“Beloved” by Andi Pitcher Davis

On October 21, 2020, I watched the most important thing in my life burn to the ground — via a live internet stream. The...

“I Wanna Hold Your Hand” by Sydney Pritchett

Q: Why hasn’t the Mormon guy I’m dating held my hand yet? A:(a) He knows you just came home from your mission and doesn’t want...
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