#SURVIVOR by Joanna C. Valente

#SURVIVOR by Joanna C. Valente

#SURVIVOR explores what it means to be a survivor, particularly survivors of sexual and domestic trauma, gender trauma, but really, inequalities in any form. I am also exploring what it means for a place and landscape to inhabit trauma just as bodies do, and what trauma does to the earth.

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Creative Non-Fiction by Jerry Chiemeke

Creative Non-Fiction by Jerry Chiemeke

Loss is heavier than what we make it out to be, ultimately. It’s difficult to define no matter how much you intellectualise or romanticise its very essence, it’s palpable but tricky when it comes to figuring its dimensions, and more painfully, there’s no foolproof way to process it.

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Excerpt from "You Might Forget the Sky was Ever Blue" by Michael Chin

Excerpt from "You Might Forget the Sky was Ever Blue" by  Michael Chin

Charles and I told scary stories. Nothing too scary until Mom went into her tent and the fire died down so there was more shadow than light and we could only see each other’s faces when we leaned in very close. Charles was better at scary stories than me. I always wanted to rush to the climax. Until it wasn’t a story at all, just a summary of gory incidents or people being terrified by my random insertion of a witch or a ghost. By the light of day, Charles explained what I was doing wrong, that it was about building tension and suspense. That’s what made a story scary, and I could understand what he meant long before I could understand how to do it for myself.

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Excerpt from "Desert Fox by the Sea" by Christine Sloan Stoddard

Excerpt from "Desert Fox by the Sea" by Christine Sloan Stoddard

I tell myself all of this as I arrange and paste until I run out of strands. Then I twist, twirl, and tug yet again with the repetition of wiping a soiled child clean. I patch and paste over and over as my woman takes shape. My woman needs no other subject, no accessories, no objects in the foreground. My woman will hang in a gallery. May the whole city see the desperation in her red eyes.

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Art by Robin Basalaev-Binder

Art by Robin Basalaev-Binder

These works, untitled as of yet, are a collection of ink and watercolor paintings, exploring what art can do and mean in a time when connection to our surroundings can be difficult to grasp. As a full-time researcher in urban planning, my head is constantly immersed in the technocratic and often ugly practices of cities. My inspiration comes from the need I see in others (and myself) for some reprieve from that world.

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Interview with Abigail Pearson (Founder of Cauldron Anthology & Author of Maybe (Not) Her)

Interview with Abigail Pearson (Founder of Cauldron Anthology & Author of Maybe (Not) Her)

Maybe (Not) Her is a collection of 126 poems written over the last four years of my life. It began when I came out as bisexual and wanted to write love poems for my various crushes. From there it matured into a collection of poems by and for anyone who falls under the queer non-monogamous label. There are so many poetry collections written by straight males and I wanted something that was written for someone like me. I intend to self-publish this book on October 30th.

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Conversation between Chloe N. Clark about Her Chapbook “The Science of Unvanishing Objects”

Conversation between Chloe N. Clark about Her Chapbook “The Science of Unvanishing Objects”

I think we all keep these personal catalogues of our own unvanishing objects. One thing I always love about getting to really know someone else is discovering their unvanishing objects and the way that they talk about them.

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