#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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Guest Post: Ghosts for Beltane by Andrea Lambert

Guest Post: Ghosts for Beltane by Andrea Lambert

My redemptive paradise begins with a Beltane flower crown. May 1, 2017. In the backyard of my House of the Rising Sun. Climbing the cherry tree to yank young green vines. I weave together a cherry blossom flower crown. Take a selfie for Instagram. Twitter. Facebook. It’s what you do. It’s practically required.

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Guest Post: Remaining Objects by Chloe N. Clark

Guest Post: Remaining Objects by Chloe N. Clark

Why are writers obsessed with certain themes and images? As someone who both reads and writes a lot, this is a question that often keeps coming back to my mind. When reading other people’s work, I like to try to spot recurring motifs and ideas. It’s like a puzzle where the reader never gets all of the pieces to fill in the picture, but can still see the border, the lines that shape and create a worldview. However, looking at one’s own work and seeing those same patterns of obsession can be a startling thing.

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