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Rianna Pauline Starheim

Rianna Pauline Starheim’s work has appeared in Foreign Policy, Pacific Standard, Himal Southasian, New America, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and the literary magazine 40 Towns.


Life Is Why

Fall 2017 | Essays
The average adult has eight pounds—twenty-two square feet—of skin. Healthy adults can lose a liter of blood before going into shock, and vital signs help monitor the onset and stages. Unlike adults, children can lose nearly half their blood volume and still have a blood pressure holding steady. With shock, “adult vital signs go up the mountain and then drop off,” our EMT instructor Nancy says. “Children’s are like, ‘I’m okay, I’m okay—DEAD.’”
Photo by Rianna Pauline Starheim

Rainbow Weather in Kabul

Spring 2017 | Essays

In Afghanistan, kite string is run through crushed-glass powder before it is coiled. Kite strings bite. My instinct when I’m cut is to grab the string tighter. But I have to let go. I’d rather be up with the kites. Catching the wind with the helicopters, the mountains, the birds—warblers, crows, rosefinches, bluethroats, blackbirds, doves.