faith arkorful, jennifer baker, kate foster, ashley hynd, sarah kabamba, jessica Maceachern, emily osborne, nolan natasha pike, stephanie roberts, lauren turner
artwork from caroline monnet
Whitney is the founder and co-editor and of the nation-wide publication From the Root Zine and the successful workshop series Writing While Black, an initiative to develop a community of Black writers.
"I love the way poetry has the capacity to hold questions that can’t be answered; to maintain their unanswerability as active, expressive, generative."
Welmmann’s work is a direct descendent of Meret Oppenheim's and Elsa Schiaparelli’s. And just as Oppenheim and Schiaparelli, Wellmann is on the “right side” of representation of the female form.
“This Will Be Good” is an honest and emotive exploration of girlhood, the pressures of adolescence, and the attempt to find solace. But what struck me most was her framing of eating disorders within deep social and personal mechanisms.
There's a comfort in discovering the assimilation of “stitching,” Carson's weaving toward reconciliation, her inclination (perhaps) toward mending the abstract mind over memory using two genres.
Nguyen’s new collection Violet Energy Ingots is out this week from Wave Books and the act of reaching seems an apt way to describe the collection, both in terms of Nguyen’s project and what it demands of its reader.