Christine Stoddard

Born and raised in Virginia, Christine Stoddard is a Salvadoran-Scottish-American writer and visual storyteller. In 2012, the Puffin Foundation awarded her a national emerging artist grant. In 2014, Folio Magazine named her one of the media industry’s top 20 in their 20s for founding Quail Bell Magazine, a place for real and unreal stories from around the world. Christine’s work has appeared in the New York Transit Museum, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, Thought Catalog, The Feminist Wire, the Poe Museum, and beyond. Find her on her websites, Wordsmith Christine and World of Christine Stoddard.

Stories by Christine Stoddard


Illustrated by Lakshmy Mathur

Gabriela put the phone down and looked me in the face. She was my mother’s age and, despite no relation, had my grandmother’s hazel eyes, more green than chestnut. The magazine’s cramped office meant that our desks were so close to each other that I almost ate my lunch in her lap every day. “That was …