Cover Photo: This illustration by Ramón y Cajal is of the nervous system in the brain. As Anna describes in this essay, the black and white line radiating outward look like the roots of the tree, or a system of rivers, viewed from above.
Courtesy of the Ackland Museum of Art, Chapel Hill

Finding God in Science

The grounding I felt in organized religion was substantial: the loss, acutely painful. I found temporary relief in all the ways nature found me wherever I lived.


Anna Held is a writer with essays published or forthcoming in Electric Literature, The Cut, The Rumpus, and BuzzFeed, among others. She can be found on Twitter at @ajshults or at