Rachel Wilkinson's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic, Narratively, Identity Theory and The Atlas Review, among others. She lives in Pittsburgh, where she received her MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the nonfiction editor of Twelfth House Journal.
While riding my university shuttle, I used to stare at women’s hair. They were mostly young white women like me, who would sit in rows facing each other at the front of the bus, compulsively checking their phones.