so to speak spring 2016 issue

art + writing by: Chelsea Dingman / Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello / Robert Mertens / Milana Braslavsky / Andrea Donnelly / Jane Hugentober / Courtney Kessel /Alice Elizabeth Rogoff / Alyssa Quinn / Emily Van Duyne / Hillary Katz / Caroline Chavatel / Audrey Carroll / Rochelle Hurt / Jennifer Molnar / Erin Bertram / Corinne Schneider / Joyce Wilson Young / Barbara Stowe / Siân Griffiths / Jody Keisner / Laurette Folk / Read More >

Art

Artist Feature: Courtney Kessel

Artist Feature: Courtney Kessel

Courtney Kessel

In partial protest, I am putting the mother in the gallery. She is not the idealized mother painted with glowing beams of light smiling down at her child, but the real, subjective, elated, grumpy, sexy, frustrated, proud mother who wishes to express herself in that space, not to be spoken for. I’ve been thinking, researching, and making work along these lines for ten years. In …

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Fiction

The Interview

Alice Elizabeth Rogoff

“Oh yes, there was a famous woman organizer who lived on Evans. If she’s still around, she would be very old now. Older than me,” said Sister Jonnie smiling.

This piqued Valerie’s interest. It could be possible to have an interview.

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Nonfiction

Mrs. Blunt’s Bequest

Barbara Stowe

Ruth had always said that when she was too enfeebled to live independently, she’d “off” herself, as she put it with characteristic candor. A Right-to-Die advocate for decades, she was now bequeathing possessions. That’s what people did when they were going to do themselves in. Ruth would have been proud of me for putting it that way, for not resorting to a more comfortable euphemism.

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Poetry

blog

Poem & Conversation With Sandra Marchetti

Poem & Conversation With Sandra Marchetti

Holly Mason/ Sandra Marchetti

When I’ve read this poem at events or workshops, most folks think of it as a take on Bishop’s “The Fish.” And, of course, Bishop is well known for her fishing imagery, being from Nova Scotia, etc. My favorite poem of hers is “At the Fishhouses,” which provides the epigraph for my full-length collection, Confluence. All of this to say, the driving force behind “Imagination” is Bishop’s “The Riverman,” a poem that is less well-known. It is rough-hewn, very narrative, and based in Brazilian myth. Bishop lets her hair down in this piece.

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A Reading For Change

A Reading For Change

Holly Mason

Update! The So to Speak benefit reading for Casa Ruby was a powerful event! Thank you to all who attended and donated. We received TWO carloads full of donated goods, as well as funds to help Casa Ruby pay some bills. Epicure Cafe was packed with love and goodness, with warmth and generosity. Thank you to our four incredible readers! Thank you to our wonderful ASL translators.

And …

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StS Reading for Casa Ruby

StS Reading for Casa Ruby

Holly Mason

Friday, May 6th, 7pm
Epicure Café
11104 Lee Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22030

Located in Washington, D.C., Casa Ruby provides shelter and a community center for LGBT homeless folks. The organization’s founder, Ruby Jade Corado, tells me that they are just a “local organization addressing a national issue.” Ruby says that LGBT youth even outside of D.C. and the surrounding areas will come to the center (or be dropped off by parents) after having been kicked …

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AWP 2016

AWP 2016

Holly Mason

Our Staff is stepping out this week & weekend to go to AWP in Los Angeles, California!

Come see us at the So to Speak booth, say hi!

Safe & happy travels to all!

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P.s. Our Editor, Douglas Luman, will be on a panel, “Renewing Constraint: The Legacy and Practice of Restricted Writing,” Friday 4/1 at 3:00pm (Gold …

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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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