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Articles by Author Abigail Larkin

Abby Rashid (she/her/hers) is a grant writer for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C. Her writing has also appeared in the Silk Road Review and the Hartford Courant.

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Grandma Marne was the one who told Willa that the world was powered by ghosts. 

“The oil. The coal. It all came from ancient things, dead things dug out of the Earth.” 

Willa was raised to hold a healthy skepticism of extraordinary claims. 

“No way.”

“Yes way.”

“Like, dinosaurs?”

“Well, no,” Marne said. She set down her gardening shears and stood up, wiping her brow. To a layman, the garden around their home looked wicked and untamed. A mess of tangled gamagrass spilled out between trellises of tumbling vines; tomato plants heavy with fruit — most gre... Read more