Featured Poem: Artress Bethany White

August 08, 2018

Artress Bethany White   Everything Resides in a Name   The day the white babysitter calls you colored, you believe your birth parents were rainbows, unicorns, brightly hued fairies dancing across the television screen-- all beautiful, colorful things. You ask if I like being called black, a term rich in value and tincture. I don’t mind, I say, explaining the word is synonymous with ...

Three Minute Review: Saikin on May

June 26, 2018

The Experiments: A Legend in Pictures and Words by Rachel May (Dusie, 2015) If you planted this book in the ground, what would grow? Pokeweed. Pokeweed berries have been used to make ink and fabric dye for centuries. Like May's flash fiction, they are humble in origin but produce rich colors. I imagine if you dug up the book again, the pages would be vampire purple.   What book is this book's ...

Featured Poem: Chet’la Sebree

June 18, 2018

  Chet’la Sebree     At a Dinner Party for White (Wo)men   [T]he other plates are creatively imagined vaginas…The Sojourner Truth plate is the only one in the collection that shows—instead of a vagina—a face. Alice Walker, in response to Judy Chicago’s 1970 exhibit The Dinner Party   Everyone else is invited to meet their vaginas— different denominations and ...

3-Minute Book Review

June 14, 2018

Three Minute Review: Burgess on Jackson  The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson (Morrow/HarperCollins, 2017)   1.) What book is this book’s frenemy? They’re all the other books about small, quirky southern towns where everyone knows who just clipped their toenails and how short. While Joshilyn Jackson’s The Almost Sisters (Harper Collins 2017) shares some DNA with those books, it doesn’t feel ...