so to speak fall 2016 issue

art + writing by: Sukenya Best / Sarah Bates / Dorinda Wegener / Michelle Lewis / Monica Rico / Kathryn Merwin / Allison Thorpe / Sarah Escue / Marissa Stephens / Anne Champion / Nidhi Singh / Kate Blackwell / Annalise Mabe / Judy T. Oldfield / Raluca Ioanid / M.A. Jay / Kristina Marie Darling / Ellie Rogers / Judith H. Montgomery / Read More >

Art

Fiction

The Healing

Nidhi Singh

When the half-moon, past a half night bent its light on the red-brown building,the misery, it quickened, the despair, it doubled, grim thoughts like fiends fourscore, the spirit they pummeled.

The Bonners, they were at it again; rusty springs on their bed creaking as the walls shook with their heaving and cursing and panting. They’d cast their blind boy outside the shabby one-room apartment; he played …

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Nonfiction

Essays on Production

Kristina Marie Darling

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That winter, I took up writing in an attempt to forget the countryside.  My first play, carefully parsed out into eight acts, took place in a forest glittering with fresh sleet.  The foliage dead beneath its luminous exterior.  Faint music, then a long silence. Ophelia appears beneath a broken branch, seated on a tree halved by the storm.  Her dress is ruined.  Still, she looks …

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Poetry

Three Poems by Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis

Animul/Flame

 

Animul owned the sun that beat
the back of the gavel-nosed deer.

Around us, sweetbread mountains with
their anatomical stone stone stone.

I was Flame, a fig wasp hunched in her own
sky. Sunrise tasted of red gums and spittle.

I stood at the bars of night, kneed
the floor, thought that would dismantle it.

Some nights I’ll half awake as if still
sleeping in that bloom and wither bed.

 

 

Instructions

 

You buried something beneath this …

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Out On This Red Edge: A Lyric Essay by Abby Minor

Out On This Red Edge: A Lyric Essay by Abby Minor

Abby Minor

In any case, who would think of the room at home where I used medicine to miscarry, July light in the curtains, bee balm and sunflowers at the foot of the bed? You hear the frogs (you never see them) as sugar-pains tapped out, tapping. The funny thing about storytelling is, leaving things out is very important.

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Speaking With Kaveh Akbar

Speaking With Kaveh Akbar

Holly Mason

In this interview, Kaveh Akbar speaks with us about Divedapper (his project dedicated to featuring interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry), celebration, influence, process, and reading recommendations!

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GRATITUDE

GRATITUDE

Holly Mason

Thank you to everyone who came out to the So to Speak reading in support of  The Trans Women of Color Collective. Thank you to those of you who couldn’t make it to the event, but still supported by donating online. Thank you, most importantly, TWOCC/ Lourdes Ashley Hunter, for the incredible & necessary work that you do. And thank you dearly to our too-good-to-be-true line up of …

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AWP 2017 in Washington D.C.

AWP 2017 in Washington D.C.

Madeleine Wattenberg

Another year has swooped around, and AWP looms on the horizon like a mountain of book fair swag dusted with the heavy snow of networking anxiety. If anyone has discovered how to be in two (or three or four) places at once, please tell us. We undoubtedly contain multitudes, but unfortunately can’t send them to different places at one time. There are so many important panels this year and, as always, we’re already regretting the ones we miss. We’ve scoured the schedule to look for the panels that engage intersectional feminist thinking. Below, find our 2017 AWP panel picks.

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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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