Jivani Rodriguez’s “Girl Scouts” Tries to Kill the Patriarchy (Literally)

by John Lyons Three Girl Scouts stand side-by-side in a line downstage-center. There’s a campfire behind them, and the auditorium is quiet. One of the three is played by a boy. They practice swimming, camping, fishing: things many people might associate with the American Girl Scouts program. But soon, the audience learns of some of their other skills.  “I earned my killer instinct badge,”…

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Earthwords Top 40

Hey there! We are so excited for our upcoming 40th issue, we are starting celebrations early! The earthwords staff has curated a playlist of (what we consider) the most iconic songs of the past four decades. Most of the songs you've probably heard, and if so, great! Maybe it's a good time to rediscover them. If not, come on a sonic journey with us.…

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“Liminal Spaces” — A Collaboration with SVP

In the spring of 2019, we had the incredible opportunity to collaborate with University of Iowa's Student Video Productions (SVP) to host the "Five Minute Flick" screenplay contest. For that contest, students submitted screenplays of no more than five pages of original work. Congratulations to Sarah Bridgeport, the writer of the winning screenplay "Liminal Spaces", a story that quietly follows Maria on a very…

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