I’ve been waiting to answer this question.
We hear from writer Durga Chew-Bose, plus the voices of Rookie readers.
It carries stories and souls.
It can feel like something I have to live up to.
At least, I hope it is.
Honestly? That depends.
Changing my name seemed like a good idea at the time.
July’s theme is ORIGIN STORY. For details on how to send us your work, please read our Submit page. ✴
Rookie is an online magazine and book series for teenagers. Each month, a different editorial theme drives the writing, photography, and artwork that we publish. Learn more about us here, and find out how to submit your work here!