Mariam Williams is a writer, arts educator, and public historian living in Philadelphia, raised in Kentucky. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and certificate in public history from Rutgers University-Camden and is also a proud VONA alumna. See more of her work at or follow her on Twitter: @missmariamw.
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Roles of hope and planning, lessons in grieving loss

At the Intersection: Recently I visited a church I had never been to and did something I haven't done in about 15 years: I left a prayer concern on the visitor card. It was about a job I didn't get, one I was sure was "for me."


The problem's name is capitalism

At the Intersection: When I think about my life and the items, sights and experiences I don't have or wish I had more of, I wonder sometimes if I would seem crazy in a culture or religion that was less bootstrappy, less obsessed with possessions, less focused on rewards, blessings, and curses. 


Simultaneous adulthood a new revelation in my family dynamic

At the Intersection: Over Thanksgiving, I had an epiphany about the current state of my familial relationships: I love being an adult at the same time so many other people in my family are also adults.


Sexual harassment, assault: Change the story

At the Intersection: It may seem paranoid to imagine a future as depicted in "The Handmaid's Tale," but in a culture where women are expected to accept unwanted advances, men are taught their masculinity is under attack, and religious liberty comes at the expense of others' rights, it is time to change.