Accounts of the Accused

Arron Michael Lewis was born in 1981 on a colder than average Tuesday in Ruston, Louisiana. He was the only child of Ivan and Marjorie Lewis, a couple who had been married for less than two years at the time of his birth. They divorced seven years later. In January of this year, Lewis described … Continue reading Accounts of the Accused

Remembering the Matriarch

Carl Carter Jr. laughs a lot, and his father says he gets that from his mom. “He’s always been a joyful kind of guy,” Carl Carter Sr. says of his first son. “He has the same smile his mother had, except hers was a little bigger.” Carl Jr. says he can’t help but laugh when … Continue reading Remembering the Matriarch

Culturally Connected

Adrian Alvarez legally immigrated to the United States in 1982, and although he came here in search of a better life for his family, he came here alone. His wife, Reyna, and two sons remained behind in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. They joined him three years later. It is a story played over and over in … Continue reading Culturally Connected

Legal Limbo

Zeek Taylor appeared overjoyed at the courthouse in Eureka Springs on May 10. In one hand was a 13-page ruling authorizing him to marry. In the other was the hand of his soulmate. Taylor waited 42 years for the opportunity to marry Dick Titus. "It's been a roller coaster of a ride," he said. "But … Continue reading Legal Limbo

Commentary — Ferguson

It was quieter than I expected. Ignoring the advice of my coworkers and defying my mother's protests, I went to Ferguson, Mo., to see the race riots for myself. I was traveling to St. Louis for a weekend vacation planned weeks in advance -- fine dining, trips to the museums, plenty of photo ops. But when … Continue reading Commentary — Ferguson

Light up the Night

Cody Steussy was in second grade the first time he was raped. "We were out riding bikes when he asked me to come in and play his new Nintendo," Steussy said. "After we played for a while, he said I had to pay for it. That was the first time he assaulted me." For the … Continue reading Light up the Night

From the Inside Out

The playwrights of “From the Inside Out” are a unique group of women. They are not professional storytellers. Neither do they hold degrees in creative writing. They are not composers, poets or painters. They are 12 women, clad in yellow, behind bars at Northwest Arkansas Community Correction Center. And tonight, their story is being heard. … Continue reading From the Inside Out