so to speak spring 2017 issue

art + writing by: Lina Alattar, Erin Lyn Bodin, Jonaki Ray, C.R. Grimmer, Rachel Hartley-Smith, Wendy Oleson, Ali Beemsterboer, Barbara Jane Reyes, Laurel Nakanishi, Zöe Brigley, Jessica Borsi, Chelsea Harris, Violetta Leigh, Zvezdana Rashkovich

Art

Fiction

This Could Have Happened to You

Chelsea Harris

We were outside an antiques and oddities shop, somewhere in New Hampshire, when I said, Look, it’s not my fault, it never was my fault and it will never be my fault. He danced his fingertips up and down the steering wheel and said, It’s over. I don’t want to think about it anymore. Kapeesh? I shrugged and he pretended to take a drag from …

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Nonfiction

Dumb Blonde

Rachel Hartley-Smith

 

“A blonde walks into a library—” The man starts then stops.

He is a man with a big belly in a dark, baggy sweatsuit, only slightly taller than me, and he has parked his half-sized cart in my path. Surrounded by a rainbow of grocery-store produce, we stand in a band of green, between bunches of cut asparagus upright in stagnant water and mounds of round …

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Poetry

blog

by D.L. Podlesni

My Exploded Ovary, Myself: Why I Wouldn’t Get a Hysterectomy at 20

My Exploded Ovary, Myself: Why I Wouldn’t Get a Hysterectomy at 20

by D.L. Podlesni

I choose to live in pain. Let me tell you why.

Flannery O’Connor once said sickness was a place, as real and enlightening as a long trip to Europe. If sickness is a country, I am a wellness ex-pat. Sickness has rules, codes, mores. I know most of them. For instance, I know to really ham it up in the recovery room after surgery, …

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Sarah Batcheller

Link Roundup: Five Pieces Resisting a Transgender Military Ban

Link Roundup: Five Pieces Resisting a Transgender Military Ban

Sarah Batcheller

A note from the StS Blog team:

Last week, Donald Trump tweeted that he intended to ban transgender persons from serving in the U.S. military. While a tweet certainly isn’t law, his rhetoric and the rhetoric from many of his supporters that followed is violent and oppressive. So to Speak strives to combat such rhetoric, which is why we asked our brilliant readers, friends, …

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Helen Hofling

Artwork by Helen Hofling

Artwork by Helen Hofling

Helen Hofling

This piece is extracted from a collection of collage-poems called TENDER THE NIGHT. The collection takes its title from a famous novel, with a notable redaction. When “is” is cut out, “tender” is transformed from adjective—meaning caring, gentle, sweet—to verb: to tender is to offer, proffer, present. Night becomes currency. The collage-poems that TENDER assembles depend on just this style of phase change: excision reaping lateral transformation. …

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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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