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 is Not Your Country

Zvezdana Rashkovich

In Leila’s Balkan country most people cowered in permanent unease. Anxious about the propuh, an ill-meaning air draft apparently possessed of ambiguously mystical but lethal powers, their wet hair after bathing, or sitting on cold stairs because if you did – your bladder would catch the ‘bladder flu’. Or, you could get brain inflammation from that un-dried wet hair and die. Or pneumonia. And die …

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Nonfiction

Lithium // Unobtainium

Jessica Borsi

// Unobtainium

Science fiction always begins after an unethical decision. For the greater good, greater bad, greater neutrality of some alien race who may or may not have feet or heads or elbows. Or people who may or may not have butts or faces or conscience. Great heroes to save lovers, brothers, whole worlds, cats in trees. Villains with death rays and bottomless pockets to build …

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Poetry

blog

Baba Yaga in the Classroom

Baba Yaga in the Classroom

Psyche Z. Ready

When I was a girl, I came late and without my assignment to the classroom Joane Katsiff kept in woodsy Pennsylvania. Back then, I was scared to open my mouth in case sounds might come out. I couldn’t seem to say or do anything normal. Strange longings and excitements beat in my chest, and I stayed up all night walking in the dark, and putting my fingers into candle flames. I ate my lunch alone in a bathroom stall. I didn’t know what kind of disease I had, only that it was one of isolation.

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Introducing New StS Blog Editors

Introducing New StS Blog Editors

Holly Mason

StS Blog Editor: Sarah Batcheller is a Fiction writer in the MFA program at George Mason University. Her work has been published in Breakwater Review, in which she was selected as a finalist in the 2017 Breakwater Review Fiction Contest, and SubtleTea. She serves as the Social Media Manager of Phoebe Literary Journal, Marketing …

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PRIDE 2017

PRIDE 2017

Holly Mason

It is a tradition dating back to 1970, with the nation’s first Pride Parade in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Here in June of 2017, there will be weeks filled with events and parades commencing around the nation in support of the LGBTQIA+ community. Be sure to check out the Pride events happening in your area (all cities are listed in this calendar).

To …

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So To Speak Blog Update

So To Speak Blog Update

Holly Mason

Readers, please bear with us as we are transitioning into new leadership. A very exciting time for our journal and blog! We look forward to introducing you to our new blog editor, Sarah Batcheller, and assistant blog editor, Alison Ross, very soon!

In Peace & Power, StS Blog Staff 

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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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