so to speak spring 2016 issue

art + writing by: Chelsea Dingman / Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello / Robert Mertens / Milana Braslavsky / Andrea Donnelly / Jane Hugentober / Courtney Kessel /Alice Elizabeth Rogoff / Alyssa Quinn / Emily Van Duyne / Hillary Katz / Caroline Chavatel / Audrey Carroll / Rochelle Hurt / Jennifer Molnar / Erin Bertram / Corinne Schneider / Joyce Wilson Young / Barbara Stowe / Siân Griffiths / Jody Keisner / Laurette Folk / Read More >

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Artist Feature: Jane Hugentober

Artist Feature: Jane Hugentober

Jane Hugentober

Jane Hugentober is an American artist. Born in Indiana, Jane lived in New York City and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Jane graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and studied Fine Arts Painting at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Jane received her Master of Fine Arts, in Painting and Drawing, at University of California, Los Angeles, June …

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Fiction

The Interview

Alice Elizabeth Rogoff

“Oh yes, there was a famous woman organizer who lived on Evans. If she’s still around, she would be very old now. Older than me,” said Sister Jonnie smiling.

This piqued Valerie’s interest. It could be possible to have an interview.

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Nonfiction

Nakedness

Siân Griffiths

My body is a private and practical thing—something yielded to the production of children and the scrubbing of a bathtub, but not something I would find either pleasure or pride in offering to the public. And yet, here I am, sitting in front of a computer, offering its naked portrait to the public gaze because, as a writer, my job is to be publicly naked.

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Poetry

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Pride Month!

Pride Month!

Holly Mason

It’s June!

Which means it’s PRIDE month!

Pride weeks, filled with events and parades, are commencing around the nation. It’s a tradition dating back to 1970, with the nation’s first Pride Parade in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. So, be sure to check out the Pride events and parades happening in your area.

To our readers in the DC area, DC/ NOVA PRIDE is THIS …

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Poem & Conversation With Sandra Marchetti

Poem & Conversation With Sandra Marchetti

Holly Mason/ Sandra Marchetti

When I’ve read this poem at events or workshops, most folks think of it as a take on Bishop’s “The Fish.” And, of course, Bishop is well known for her fishing imagery, being from Nova Scotia, etc. My favorite poem of hers is “At the Fishhouses,” which provides the epigraph for my full-length collection, Confluence. All of this to say, the driving force behind “Imagination” is Bishop’s “The Riverman,” a poem that is less well-known. It is rough-hewn, very narrative, and based in Brazilian myth. Bishop lets her hair down in this piece.

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A Reading For Change

A Reading For Change

Holly Mason

Update! The So to Speak benefit reading for Casa Ruby was a powerful event! Thank you to all who attended and donated. We received TWO carloads full of donated goods, as well as funds to help Casa Ruby pay some bills. Epicure Cafe was packed with love and goodness, with warmth and generosity. Thank you to our four incredible readers! Thank you to our wonderful ASL translators.

And …

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StS Reading for Casa Ruby

StS Reading for Casa Ruby

Holly Mason

Friday, May 6th, 7pm
Epicure Café
11104 Lee Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22030

Located in Washington, D.C., Casa Ruby provides shelter and a community center for LGBT homeless folks. The organization’s founder, Ruby Jade Corado, tells me that they are just a “local organization addressing a national issue.” Ruby says that LGBT youth even outside of D.C. and the surrounding areas will come to the center (or be dropped off by parents) after having been kicked …

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