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

9-11

Dhwanie Priya

“Your mother’s going to hate me now,” he said. I retreated farther into my corner of the porch swing and hugged my knees close to my chest, withholding all the reasons my mother already hated him. She hated him because of the miles and decades which separated his birth from mine. She hated him because he had consumed marriageable years of my life. She hated …

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Poetry

Two Poems

E. Kristin Anderson

Eastern Horizon

The morning isolated        the water,
that ten o’clock eventually electrical
where the north gave birth to disaster.
And if we flash on a map,      looping
through home,

                        light fell from the forest,
sirens, birds, harlots     gone to windows
to watch. I slipped down and felt blood,
glittered all night, belly to the serpent,
midnight, the angel, the words.

                                                  I killed
atonement so glittering,     let’s pray on
hands and knees, heart a big red muscle
and earth would be      a …

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blog

by Ariel Galvez

"women & water" | "fragility" | by Ariel Galvez

“women & water” | “fragility” | by Ariel Galvez

by Ariel Galvez

Woman & Water

What is it like
To be a woman?
Is it a bare desert?
Empty, the sand the only thing you have
To offer
Watch as it slips through your hands
Like water

Or is to be a woman to be like water?
To be the wilderness of
Rivers and oceans
Wet.

Hemingway notes “la mar”
The feminization or,
Demasculization of language
To show
The wild

Are you a sea that is well-behaved?
Calm but breezy
Helpful and sunny
Mermaids and venus
Have risen …

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Speaking with Poetry Judge Eileen Myles

Speaking with Poetry Judge Eileen Myles

E. Rhodes

As our submission period wrap up & we review submissions for our contest period, our genre editors 
Below, Poetry Editor E. Rhōdes speaks with our judge.

ER: How do you incorporate your conception of feminism into your work?

Eileen Myles: Luckily it’s not very conceptual. I was born female and noticed almost immediately that females didn’t get a very good deal. My feminism has been evolving all my life. I definitely wanted …

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Carolina VonKampen

I Do Not Have to Tell You This

I Do Not Have to Tell You This

Carolina VonKampen

I do not think I belong with #MeToo.

I do not have stories as deep and dark as these.

I sheltered myself. I heard stories. I heard how my family talked about my cousin, pregnant in high school: “So embarrassing.” I didn’t like people anyway; I liked books; I stayed in my room and read. I did not go to parties. I did not have friends. I …

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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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