Letters Lived, edited by Sheila Sampath

In this accessible collection, Shameless magazine Editorial Director, activist, designer and educator Sheila Sampath has invited an incredible group of contributors, all committed to social justice work, to share letters they have written to their teen selves.

These candid, powerful and relatable letters tackle the tough process of learning how to trust and love ourselves, as well as navigating our bodies, families, identities and communities. Contributors from around the globe, including Rae Spoon, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Rozena Maart and Nina Power, share how they have created their own paths–both personally and politically–from very different starting points.

Letters Lived reminds us that political work is a process, and, though it isn’t always easy, we all have the power to define how we shape our world, and we never know exactly what that’s going to look like.