“you should have known better

he has a kid”

the reply i received

from the first adult

i trusted to tell

“i was raped”


“she’s an adult

she makes her own decisions”

the argument to abandon me

from a false friend

i hoped would’ve helped

“what happened to me”

KRISTINE ESSER SLENTZ is originally from northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area, or what’s lovingly called “The Region.” Kristine is a Purdue University alum who studied English literature and creative writing. After college, she began working in the digital marketing field to marry her experience in both writing and advertising. She started in search engine optimization (SEO) and soon transitioned into content marketing. During this time, she also wrote pieces for publications like HuffPost, Pattern, and NUVO. Currently, Kristine is earning her MFA in creative writing (poetry) at City College of New York. She is also the Assistant Editor for the online poetry publication Unfold Magazine, and the Features Manager for the poet's community The Harbor through The Speakeasy Project. Her poetry has appeared in Bold City Literary Magazine, The New Southern Fugitives, and then Flying Island Journal where she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.