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

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

Millennial

J. Ryan Sommers

There once was a poor old woman that lived in the foothills of Green Valley. She was not poor in the financial sense. Rather, she was unfortunate by the circumstances of her life, which in turn had also made her old. Her name was Mary Foster and she was known the county over as “The Human Incubator.” You see Mary was pregnant and …

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Nonfiction

Cleaning the Mirror

Astra Lincoln

There is a coffee shop in the town where I live which acts as a cultural epicenter. It’s the sort of vortex-y watering-hole-like-place that promises familiar faces, easy laughs, and unsolicited help at crossword clues by people invariably better than I expect. The atmosphere is generally ebullient as people reach their dirt-creased hands between the rickety wooden stools to grab each other’s elbows and shoulders …

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Poetry

Two Poems

Shikha Malaviya

THEY SAY THE (MUSLIM) BAN IS TEMPORARY

But I’ve decorated my home, she says
And what if they make us leave?
I know it sounds silly, but each painting
I’ve chosen with such care
See this one? It’s of a castle
from a street artist in Salzburg
and my green leather couch, made in Italy
has the shape of my bottom on the leftmost cushion
and my kilim rug from Turkey,
after we bargained for …

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Brittany Kerfoot

The First Time I Died by Brittany Kerfoot

The First Time I Died by Brittany Kerfoot

Brittany Kerfoot

The first time I died, I felt fireworks shoot down my legs and I could taste their colors: red like your heart before it stopped and turned gray, golden green like your eyes. My chest was heavy and my head was light; my eyes were swollen like a prize fighter’s.

I touched you and repeated I’m sorry, I love you, I’m sorry.

When you saw me, you raised …

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Traci Cox

A Flash Essay by Traci Cox

A Flash Essay by Traci Cox

Traci Cox

 

 

Smudge.

I hate that word.

            Smudge.

Do you say it in two syllables, or three?

[My Arkansas friend says it in three. Suh-muh-dge.]

So many consonants, all piled up; clutter. Rolling around. Alphabet soup.

Taste dirt. Taste sad. Taste. Taste—

            Smudge.

_____

 

“Pinched like a pear,” my mom would say. Mouth closed, a little pucker, sweet sour smooth. But not a kiss; not a real kiss. It was bad, …

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Sarah Batcheller

An Interview with Tethered by Letters CEO Dani Hedlund

An Interview with Tethered by Letters CEO Dani Hedlund

Sarah Batcheller

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Tethered by Letters’ founder and CEO, Dani Hedlund.

Dani discussed the inception of Tethered by Letters and its various imprint projects. She noted generational differences in achieving success in the literary field, expressing that she looks forward to seeing the accomplishments of young Millennials. We also discussed the way politics, literature, and art go hand-in-hand, as well as our generation’s drive for activism and …

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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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