Last October, the Literary Happy Hour reading series tasked me with presenting a piece on the subject of fear. I read a short story about marriage—to be fair, that’s a real fear of mine. What I was working on was this essay about a woman’s fear of not speaking up, now up on Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

“Glossophobia” gathers thoughts of mine over the course of the last couple of years and how much the theme of silence became the through line. I was afraid to share this piece in the same way so many other women fear speaking up. Every woman is a part of the #MeToo Movement whether she’s vocal or not. I am heartened every day by women who tell their stories and for those who cannot speak for themselves, we have to listen better.

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