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so to speak summer 2015 issue

art + writing by: Katie Hogan / Jennifer MacBain-Stephens / Jane Lewty / Sophia Galifianakis / Loretta Oleck / Meg Eden Kuyatt / Madelyn Garner / Denise Duhamel + Julie Marie Wade / Molly Sutton Kiefer / Jenny A. Burkholder / Melanie Figg / carly gates / Michelle Brown / Stephanie Dickinson / Aurora Masum-Javed / Caitlin Scarano / Karen An-hwei Lei / Stephen Skowron / Brynne Rebele-Henry / Melanie Batchelor / Rachel Martin / Lise Lacasse + J.T. Townley / Dawn Newton / Read More >

Art

Fiction

The Derailment of the Mikado

Dawn Newton

Ten minutes before the program was scheduled to begin, the Mikado rested on its side—black, sleek, and quiet. The technician stood on a stool, leaning in over the Plexiglas which enclosed the exhibit, his perch precarious. “That train was off the track the last time we came here,” Jason said. He and his mother sat in the small gray exhibition booth, waiting. Dust filled the …

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Nonfiction

Boob Party

Jenny A. Burkholder

Immediately, I knew I had made the wrong choice. My own need for transparency and truthfulness had not taken into consideration their potential for horror, shock, disgust, and confusion. My younger daughter cried and wanted to snuggle her head in my lap. My older daughter looked absently around the room. There was a long silence, punctuated only by my younger daughter’s whimpers. This was beyond their comprehension, beyond their level of understanding. I had crossed the line, shown them a monster.

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Poetry

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Embracing The Power of Artistic Practice

Embracing The Power of Artistic Practice

Holly Mason

In preparation for this particular exhibit, I found myself exploring a hidden chest of feelings about that very far away world, a place from which I’ve been bitterly estranged. Here, I have attempted to piece together or transcribe my personal truths through the appropriation of whimsical imagery and natural elements, juxtaposed against heavier, and often autobiographical themes. Each piece harbors a life of its own, one that is fragile and mortal, just like ours.

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Meet StS Art Editor

Meet StS Art Editor

Sarah Irvin

 

Sarah Irvin graduated from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Painting and Drawing in 2008.  Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in spaces such as the Atlanta Botanical Garden, The Page Bond Gallery and The Workhouse Arts Center. She is part of public and private collections including the Federal Reserve …

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Cry Babies:

Cry Babies:

Alicia Davis

A Hybrid Personal Essay and Review of Cheryl Strayed’s WILD:

Last night I finished reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed. A rad story about a woman who pushed fear aside and hiked the Pacific Coast Trail by herself. At 11 am this morning, I drove through In-N-Out because I needed a cheeseburger desperately after reading her describe cravings for burgers and fries, over and over.

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