Cover artwork of the Community Issue: Pen and colored pencil illustrations of people of different genders, ethnicities, and sizes clustered together in harmony
Imagine: Yemen
Leta Renée-Alan in Pushpull by Ismail Khalidi
Leta Renée-Alan in Pushpull by Ismail Khalidi

In the fall I came across a photograph of a Yemen mother in a burqa looking down at the starving baby she held in her lap. I stared at the skeleton child, eyes protruding and pleading, and found myself wiping tears. The situation had already been declared the world’s worst humanitarian crisis by the U.N., but it would be months before such images would become commonplace in the American media. I posted the photo to my Facebook page, imploring action with useful links, but received very few replies. I knew from my regular Democracy Now! viewing that the U.S.

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Kia Corthron
Kia Corthron

’s Tempestuous Elements will premiere at Arena Stage in 2023-24. She was awarded the Dramatists Guild’s 2021 Horton Forte Award and 2020 Flora Roberts Award. Her second novel, Moon and the Mars, was released in 2021.