On Community

Illustration by Christina Yoseph

In the fall of 2018 a spree killer started shooting people in Rogers Park, the neighborhood where I live on the north side of Chicago. The first life taken was a 73-year-old man walking his dogs on a Sunday morning, killed execution-style and found by his neighbor face-down on the sidewalk. On the news they showed a photo of him hugging his husband. He is laughing and safe and in love and that’s the image I will screenshot in my memory — not a body on the ground, but a human being, loved.

The second life was taken 36 hours…

megan stielstra

Megan Stielstra is the author of three collections, most recently The Wrong Way to Save Your Life.

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