Essays

The Vodka Drinker

By Anonymous

Vodka kills you. That much I’ve learned from the past few months.

Jenna and I had smuggled ourselves and the chemical into my room and set about clearing the glass bottle of its contents, telling my parents, the unbeknownst hosts, that we were just having a girls’ night. […]

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Depressed, Not Depressing

By Francisco X. Stork

A few months ago, Cheryl Klein, my editor at Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, asked if I would be interested in writing a novel about a young girl recovering from depression and a failed suicide attempt. My initial reaction was that such a book was the last thing I wanted to write. […]

Essays

Ta-da!! The Contest-Winning Essay, with Q&A

YARN is so pleased to bring you the final, revised and edited version of “Eyes Like Mine,” the winner of our Family Gatherings Essay Contest with Figment! Jackie Lewis is one heck of a writer—fearless in her words, and in her writing process. We really hope you […]

Essays

In case you missed our Family Gatherings Contest with Figment

In case you missed our contest, below are the original details. Thank you to everyone who participated! Thank you to Susan Beth Pfeffer for helping us judge!!

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How I Lost Catcher

By Christen Gresham

I saw Catcher’s parents at Taco Bell last night. I shouldn’t have been surprised to see them there, because in my town, every Baptist goes to Taco Bell after Wednesday night church. My family and Catcher’s family were no exception. Only this time it felt different, because I didn’t know what to say to Catcher’s parents, […]

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Fairly Tales: or, One Author’s Adventures with Enhancing an Ebook

We are honored to present a piece written exclusively for YARN by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, “Fairly Tales; or, One Author’s Adventures with Enhancing an Ebook.” Timed perfectly to give you insight into her new book, “Wisdom’s Kiss” […]

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Re-Read: Meeting My Muse: Francesca Lia Block

Kerri’s Pick: Tomas Mournian’s essay

Last summer, I received an email from Tomas Mournian asking if YARN would cover his new novel “hidden.” Being the scrupulous editor that I am, I did a little checking up on Mr. Mournian, and discovered that not only was he a hot-s–t journalist in LA, and “hidden” his first buzz-worthy novel, he’d also graduated from Berkeley, just like moi! So we exchanged a few emails […]

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How I Went From Hating Research to Loving It

By Dorothy Hearst

I was minding my own business the day the wolves barged into my apartment, demanding that I write about them. I was thinking about dogs, and how amazing it is that we have such a close relationship with them. […]

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Beautiful Trouble

By Catherine Price Slayden

She is wasting away, they tell her, but she can’t afford to hear them. She is on to something, something amazing that will make her everything she’s always wanted to be. They don’t understand. They don’t look in the mirror and see what she does […]

Essays

A Brief History of Bad Girls

By Alisa M. Libby

I like writing about bad girls. A murderous countess. An adulterous queen. I don’t know what they’ve taught you in school, but here’s the truth: history is full of bad girls. […]

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Evening in Paris

Susan Young is the Adult Winner of our “Family Gatherings” Essay Contest. We’re sure you’ll enjoy her “Evening in Paris” as much as we did.


Why couldn’t my relatives have a place at the beach? I’d be able to stroll off, thoughts whooshing around in my head like the crashing waves, and, most importantly, I’d have a high probability of scoping golden lifeguards […]

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