A poem by Salwa Tareen. Salwa Tareen is a recent college graduate, community organizer, and writer from Kalamazoo, Michigan. As a Pakistani-American woman born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Canada, in her spare time she enjoys thinking of clever quips to the question: “No, where are you really from?”
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A visual art piece by Bishakh Som and poems by Vidhu Aggarwal THE-WORLD-IS-FLAT FRIEND Before ever having been stomped on, I had the character of a martyr and a slave. In my character— a terrible passivity. Tag it: a new species of calm. Pressed into service, there’s nothing to do but expand. I’m expansive, low […]
A poem read and written by Esha Pillay. Esha is a fifth generation Indo-Fijian who is searching for her roots in relation to the diaspora. She currently works in higher education in Boston, Massachusetts and is a contributor for gal-dem magazine. She also believes in fighting microaggressions, even more so than breathing.
A conversation between Sophia Remolde and AE on identity, community, art, empathy and learning to exist between and beyond binaries. Part one is centered around perceptions and challenges of art-making. Part two continues here. Humans have a deep evolutionary habit of labeling things so that they can feel safe and survive. What happens when […]
An “illustration and invocation” by Sophia Terazawa. My grandfather was a Japanese prisoner of war when the first atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima. He slept next to an open window that August night in Siberia. The following morning, he woke to a cell full of dead inmates. They had all suffocated on carbon monoxide. […]
A speculative non-fiction piece by Alison Kinney. EXTRADITION. Until the flight attendant delivered me into my new parents’ custody, they knew me only from photographs. One head-on, one in profile, with my name printed in English on a paper tag across my chest. Baby mugshots. All the papers were in order, my arrival signed […]
A visual art piece by Joelle Riffle. From the creator: Light Gold is a conception of heritage and genealogy as an ethnically ambiguous mixed race woman who has no connection to any of the cultures associated with the identities I claim or biological “ancestry.” Click on the images to move to the next page.
A conversation between Sophia Remolde and AE on identity, community, art, empathy and learning to exist between and beyond binaries. Part two is centered around process and transcendence. Read part one here. AE: I would love to hear more about your path as an artist. What are some of the struggles you’ve faced […]
Visual art by Paradise Khanmalek Paradise is an artist, illustrator, and writer based out of LA. She makes art inspired by her own beautiful fat brown body, plants, magic, and science fiction. You can see more of her work at her website.
A prose piece by Sanaa. My mother and I are having an argument about the hair on my arms. It grows thick, long and casts a permanent halo over my skin. It grows against her wishes. “I don’t understand why you don’t get rid of it. It doesn’t look good,” she tells me. Since I […]
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