Posts by Alyssa Oursler

August 14, 2022 | Rejected Modern Love Essay

Learning Love Can Be a Creative Force

Alyssa Oursler

S and I were together nearly a year before the band really got back on the road. Their six-week tour started in Minneapolis.

July 26, 2019 |

"Talkin' Bout Practice": This Essay Isn't About the NBA Finals...

Alyssa Oursler

This Essay Isn't About the NBA Finals Because No One Here Cares About the NBA Finals

Jurgen Klopp, the coach of Liverpool’s soccer team, wears a black shirt and pale-framed glasses, just like the

May 24, 2019 |

"Talkin' Bout Practice": Ray Allen

Alyssa Oursler

The man I love who does not love me back sends me someone else’s tweet. The only text is a hashtag: Notre Dame. The video hasn’t loaded. A week before, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team made it

April 20, 2019 |

"Talkin' Bout Practice": quitters

Alyssa Oursler

The first doctor who called said I couldn’t play. The scan showed stress fractures and the only remedy was rest. It would have been a blessing the diagnosis came between seasons but, for me,

March 1, 2019 |

"Talkin' Bout Practice": for coach

Alyssa Oursler

The world does not write enough odes
to in-betweenness—the way you can be
together / feel apart / apart / feel together.
In a room of dozens, in a city of millions,
the mashing of MacBook keys

January 11, 2019 |

"Talkin' Bout Practice": Playing Time

Alyssa Oursler

As teenagers, my friends and I spent Friday nights driving backroads, throwing soda cans at street signs. The wind would be cold, the music would be loud, and sometimes, a can would bounce back and

November 16, 2018 | Nonfiction

"Talkin' Bout Practice": Follow Through

Alyssa Oursler

In my favorite bookstore in a city where I no longer live, there’s a sign for sale that says: when in doubt, turn left. I don’t remember the name of the gym where I spent my adolescence, but I could

September 6, 2018 | Fiction

"Talkin' Bout Practice": Quotidian

Alyssa Oursler

I can show you the double-rimmed chain-netted concrete court where I taught myself it was okay to aspire.

August 8, 2018 | Nonfiction

"Talkin' Bout Practice": Memorabilia

Alyssa Oursler

I made eye contact, made the purchase, stored it between other magazines on my bookshelf.

July 13, 2018 | Nonfiction

"Talkin' Bout Practice": March Madness

Alyssa Oursler

This wasn’t supposed to be an essay.

December 15, 2017 | Nonfiction

fool's paradise

Alyssa Oursler

 It doesn't take much for a curve to become a coil, for a bridge to become a cage.