Janelle Bassett's work has been featured in The Rumpus, Slice Magazine, Longleaf Review, Okay Donkey and is forthcoming in Maudlin House, Jellyfish Review and X-R-A-Y. Her story collection, “Thanks for This Riot” was short-listed for the 2019 Santa Fe Writers Project Award, judged by Carmen Maria Machado. She reads for Split Lip Magazine and lives in St. Louis. You can find her on Instagram @jbknows.
So how ‘bout the next time you see your mother shaking and bending, keeping yet transcending time, and building toward a chorus, please feel free to take your visceral facial reaction and shove it into a book, or smash it against a digital screen.