I’ve heard, we all spend our lives trying to fall in love with our parents, and for me that means it’s a tie between fast cars and fast boys. And I’m trying to slow down, but some days I’m still all wild and yearning for twisting streets and burnt rubber.
Writing by Emily Perkovich
Art by Featured Artist Summer Benton
About the Author
Emily Perkovich (she/her) is from the Chicago-land area. She is the Editor in Chief of Querencia Press and on the Women in Leadership Advisory Board with Valparaiso University. Her work strives to erase the stigma surrounding trauma victims and their responses. She is a Best of the Net nominee, a SAFTA scholarship recipient, and is previously published with Harness Magazine, Rogue Agent, Coffin Bell Journal, Bullshit Lit, and Anti-Heroin Chic among others. She is the author of the poetry collections Godshots Wanted: Apply Within (Sunday Mornings at the River), The Number 12 Looks Just Like You (Finishing Line Press), baby, sweetheart, honey (Alien Buddha Press), & Manipulate Me, Babe—I Trust You (forthcoming, GutSlut Press 2023) as well as the novella Swallow.
About The Artist
Summer Benton is a 25 year old Chicago based artist and writer with a passion for creating stuff that makes people happy. She loves to draw all the same things she did when she was a kid, like butterflies, and flowers, and her dream wardrobe. Summer’s work is playful to the extreme, whimsical to the max, and color saturated within an inch of its life. Her first picture book, The Fanciest Flower, is set to be published by Harper Collins next year.