so to speak fall 2017 issue

art + writing by: Andrea Acker, Amina Re, Susan C. Ingram, Mimi Drop, Rudrakshi Bhattacharjee, J.S. Sommers, Monica J. Claesson, Shikha Malaviya, Andrea Dejean, Erica Hoffmeister,
E. Kristin Anderson, Dhwanie Priya, Astra Lincoln, Kayla Queen Dyer

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Kristen Brida

Dear Reader:

At So to Speak, I believe that with an intersectional feminist mission such as ours, it is crucial to not only promote talented writers of diverse backgrounds, but to also actively amplify and promote the voices in a social capacity. With a message that strives for equality on every spectrum, it’s only right to uphold these ideals through enacting them every day and within …

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Art

Andréa Acker

Andréa Acker

Andrea Acker

Artist Statement

I’m highly influenced by the Surrealist movement, the symbolism found in the figurines from the Neolithic period, the indigenous/tribal arts and since my first degree is in fashion design, those two aspects can also be in identified in my art.

 

Snake Talk, 2016 | 35×30 cm | Ballpoint, acrylic and collage on …

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Fiction

Millennial

J. Ryan Sommers

There once was a poor old woman that lived in the foothills of Green Valley. She was not poor in the financial sense. Rather, she was unfortunate by the circumstances of her life, which in turn had also made her old. Her name was Mary Foster and she was known the county over as “The Human Incubator.” You see Mary was pregnant and …

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Nonfiction

Film/Addict

Susan C. Ingram

Holes

There are too many holes. A fist-sized hole in the basement door. Another in the bedroom door. The back window of his car—no window—just a big hole. The glass shards like jagged teeth in the wide, horrible mouth of a mechanical great white.

“A drug dealer smashed it out with a baseball bat as I drove away,” he said one late night as I stood …

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Poetry

Two Poems

Shikha Malaviya

THEY SAY THE (MUSLIM) BAN IS TEMPORARY

But I’ve decorated my home, she says
And what if they make us leave?
I know it sounds silly, but each painting
I’ve chosen with such care
See this one? It’s of a castle
from a street artist in Salzburg
and my green leather couch, made in Italy
has the shape of my bottom on the leftmost cushion
and my kilim rug from Turkey,
after we bargained for …

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blog

Holly Mason

A Review of "Killing Summer" by Sarah Browning

A Review of “Killing Summer” by Sarah Browning

Holly Mason

Review by Holly Mason

Killing Summer 
Author: Sarah Browning 
Full-Length Poetry Collection 
ISBN: 978-1-943977-40-6 
Publication Date: 9/21/2017 
Retail Price: $14.95

At a time when poets and writers are frequently and earnestly asking the age-old question of What can I do to help, to make change in this current social and political climate?, we can look to Sarah Browning as an example. …

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Brittany Kerfoot

The First Time I Died by Brittany Kerfoot

The First Time I Died by Brittany Kerfoot

Brittany Kerfoot

The first time I died, I felt fireworks shoot down my legs and I could taste their colors: red like your heart before it stopped and turned gray, golden green like your eyes. My chest was heavy and my head was light; my eyes were swollen like a prize fighter’s.

I touched you and repeated I’m sorry, I love you, I’m sorry.

When you saw me, you raised …

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Traci Cox

A Flash Essay by Traci Cox

A Flash Essay by Traci Cox

Traci Cox

 

 

Smudge.

I hate that word.

            Smudge.

Do you say it in two syllables, or three?

[My Arkansas friend says it in three. Suh-muh-dge.]

So many consonants, all piled up; clutter. Rolling around. Alphabet soup.

Taste dirt. Taste sad. Taste. Taste—

            Smudge.

_____

 

“Pinched like a pear,” my mom would say. Mouth closed, a little pucker, sweet sour smooth. But not a kiss; not a real kiss. It was bad, …

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Sarah Batcheller

An Interview with Tethered by Letters CEO Dani Hedlund

An Interview with Tethered by Letters CEO Dani Hedlund

Sarah Batcheller

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Tethered by Letters’ founder and CEO, Dani Hedlund.

Dani discussed the inception of Tethered by Letters and its various imprint projects. She noted generational differences in achieving success in the literary field, expressing that she looks forward to seeing the accomplishments of young Millennials. We also discussed the way politics, literature, and art go hand-in-hand, as well as our generation’s drive for activism and …

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news

2015-16 Contest Issue

2015-16 Contest Issue

So to Speak Editors

At this year’s AWP conference, So to Speak proudly introduced the newest supplement to our publishing formats, the Contest Issue. Get a look at and support fantastic writing through purchasing a copy.

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