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

EXPOSED

EXPOSED

Amina Re

Artist Statement

How do we begin to talk about the effects of a masculine dominated global society, and keep the privileged in the conversation? By privileged I mean anyone who has benefited from the oppression of women and feminine qualities. There is a large population in denial that oppression of women still exists, that violence against women still exists, that the raping of our planet is …

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Fiction

Killing Cats

Andrea Dejean

 It was raining the morning I woke up remembering that I was supposed to kill the cats. Well, in fact, I didn’t really have to kill the cats. I just had to hand them over to the person who would hand them over to the person who would kill them. And they weren’t ‘cats’ yet, but kittens that a stray had seen fit to lay …

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Nonfiction

Cleaning the Mirror

Astra Lincoln

There is a coffee shop in the town where I live which acts as a cultural epicenter. It’s the sort of vortex-y watering-hole-like-place that promises familiar faces, easy laughs, and unsolicited help at crossword clues by people invariably better than I expect. The atmosphere is generally ebullient as people reach their dirt-creased hands between the rickety wooden stools to grab each other’s elbows and shoulders …

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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

Allie Ross

Final Call for #MeToo - and a Spotlight for Veterans

Final Call for #MeToo – and a Spotlight for Veterans

Allie Ross

There are just a couple days left to submit a piece to our special blog series, a response to the #MeToo campaign and subsequent #HimThough campaign. If you have a poem, work of visual art, personal essay, short piece of fiction, or any hybrid of those – let your voice be heard. Submit Here for the #MeToo Themed Series before tomorrow, Monday, November 13.

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Kristen Brida

A Review of "daughterrarium" by Sheila McMullin

A Review of “daughterrarium” by Sheila McMullin

Kristen Brida

Review by Kristen Brida

daughterrarium
Publisher: Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Author: Sheila McMullin
ISBN: 978-0-9963167-5-0
Pub Date:4/1/2017
Retail Price:$ 16.00

I have read through McMullin’s debut collection daughterrarium at least twice. The first time I read them, I scribbled in the margins with a little more urgency than when I take notes for other books I read. The second time …

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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
Publisher: Sibling Rivalry Press
Author: Sarah Browning 
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 …

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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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