the Essay archive

Need more essays in your life? Who doesn't?!

Below, I've collected many of my essays from across the Internet.
I write about activism, the environment, climate justice, parenting, mental health, sobriety, and lots more.

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Christy Tending is the author of High Priestess of the Apocalypse: a memoir of disobedience and Sobriety Through the Major Arcana. Her work has been published in Longreads, The Rumpus, Newsweek, Huff Post, Ms., Electric Lit, and was named a notable in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2023. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions.

She is a climate justice direct action organizer, and lives with her family in Oakland, California, and can be found at

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Part memoir, part direct action primer, part love letter to the new world we’re collectively fighting to create, this memoir is composed of short pieces that create a collage of what it means to hold space when it feels like the end of the world.

High Priestess
of the Apocalypse

a memoir of disobedience

Originally published by Sari Botton on her Memoirland Substack, this is one of my most-read essays, about how I used the archetypes of the tarot to guide my sobriety journey—and it will soon available as a standalone essay chapbook from kith books.

Sobriety Through
the Major Arcana


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