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Letter From The Editors

As we continue to grow and adapt, our commitment to publishing work we feel deserves a place in the world endures. With this issue we bring you a theme that … Continue reading

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Acknowledgements

Much love and gratitude to the donors of our Reach the Rez Campaign! Celeste Adame Patricia Killelea Suzanne Rose Richardson Karalee Vaughn Carl Friedrich Bolz Elissa Washuta Tamara Van Horn … Continue reading

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Eve Tuck – Poetry

Then and soon, a lullaby (Before) I began a long time ago. I am not more painful than other songs but I reverberate like mourning. I contain all the words … Continue reading

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Leticia Hernádez-Linares – Poetry

Sentimiento, una carta de amor   En el distrito de la Misión, las flores crecen del concreto los niños saltan de los volcanes revalsando de los callejones las abuelas caminan … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Annita Lucchesi – Mixed Media

Seoto Annita Lucchesi is Southern Cheyenne, with ancestral roots in what is now the Colorado-Wyoming border region. She is a survivor of domestic and sexual violence, and currently works at … Continue reading

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Barbara Jane Reyes – Poetry

To Spit Fire   We spit fire girl, we golden in the breath We palabra, Pinay, know that we legit   We speak our piece; in the letting, rejoice We … Continue reading

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Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes – Poetry

And They Said Never Trust A Mermaid: Siren Song for Femmes   And they said never trust a mermaid until you take her swimming, until you wet her face clean, … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Marlon Footracer – Creative Non-Fiction

Decolonize the Narrative “Love is or love ain’t; thin love ain’t love at all.” – “Beloved,” Toni Morrison. De-colonization first requires the recognition of historic settler nation-building projects regarding political, … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Michael Utzler – Poetry

I Live Live, Breathe, Bleed and suffer, Live, Think, Believe, Life, More than a collection of experiments, Life, More than failed effort, Maybe, A heart beats warmth in swollen veins, … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Nakita Nokwanda – Poetry

A gathering On rainy days I wake up only to fall asleep on his bed. “what’s wrong Nakita?” “i think I have the flu.” He gives me food and tells … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 3 Comments

Michael Dauro – Poetry

Sierra Amnezia Upon the shoulders of the quiet saguaros, purple blossoms open in the moonlight like petaled fists of sleepy children, palms of pollen that reel in the humming- birds … Continue reading

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Clarissa Mendiola – Poetry

The Color of White Space   I have fawned over the whiteness of verse, the hard language of quiet   freedoms in pages upon pages still foreign   My speech … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Sophia Terazawa – Performance Essay

Reversing The Gaze   Sophia E. Terazawa is a poet and performance artist, who works at the yellow-burning crossroads of myth, gender, and violence. Her work has appeared in various … Continue reading

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Arielle Taitano Lowe – Dance

Dances preserve our culture. Our body movements tell our history, but 400 years of colonization paralyzed our native form of storytelling. Today, I am one of many hollywood-Polynesian show girls … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 3 Comments

Samantha I. McQuibban – Poetry

Mi lengua over there   Filled, like papa relleno— rich & “spicy’’ sabor, full of rrrrr’s that roll American tongues into discomfort It doesn’t feel right to foreigners.   Warm … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Daniel White – Poetry

(Ride) Here it comes, there it went, Another moment in time I spent, Livin in the past, forgetting ‘bout now, Running my future into tha ground,   Tick tick tock, … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Latasha Diggs – Poetry

situational irony     a woman, specializing in Caribbean gastronomy, decides to make a pot of ‘sweat rice’ to seduce a man. her neighbor, the chef de cuisine for Goya, … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Che Christ Cruz – Poetry

the poet’s toast: (no thanks given);   –today, we sit and feast at the final supper of beasts catered by slaves & fueled by the blood of dead indian tribes … Continue reading

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Julian Romero – Poetry

Walking If you walked a mile in my shoes you would see that my feet hurt my feet hurt I do this for the kid who can’t stop cutting, for … Continue reading

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Leow Hui Min Annabeth – Poetry

O.K.   I want to be there in the moments When accents slip, when we nestle In warm corners and home Falls in our voices   I want to hear … Continue reading

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Nikay Paredes – Poetry

Whose Drone Is This   whose BQM-74E is this. on our shores.   this orange toy plane.   this downed drone, drowned fish off our archipelago. it’s rude   and … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Robert Wilson – Poetry

Love Is Love is not a light bulb turning it on won’t scare the monsters away.   Hate is not a shadow no malignant intelligence drives the forces of stupidity … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Tria Andrews – A Reflection

The Role of Prison Writing in Adjusting Dominant Misunderstandings When people learn that I teach English at San Quentin State Prison, I typically receive one of two responses. Either they … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Sunny Nguyen

Unconditional Love Recently, during one of our monthly visits, my sister Heather complained that mom has been nagging a lot. I thought about it and laughed. I told her, “You … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Isiah Morgan – Poetry

Dear Old Me, Good by old me. Our relationship has been guns, money by the Tons and stank lime green weed.   I was a confused eagle who acted like … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Truth from Youth and Elders as Discovered in Susan Power’s SACRED WILDERNESS and Steve Berman’s RED CAPS

Review by Chip Livingston SACRED WILDERNESS Novel by Susan Power Michigan State University Press Paperback, 238 pages February 2014   RED CAPS Short stories by Steve Berman Lethe Press Paperback, … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Bojan Louis – Creative Non-Fiction

Nizhoní dóó ‘a’ani’ dóó até’él’í dóó ayoo’o’oni (Beauty & Memory & Abuse & Love)   7 April 2014. Over the weekend I attended the 31st Annual Tucson Poetry Festival as … Continue reading

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Nicolaus Montoya – Poetry

Heart of the City The heartbeat of this city is seen every day Cells pumping through the streets Carrying people away For nothing more than a little bit of pocket … Continue reading

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Laura Da – Poetry

Cryptic Clicks   Giddy with his new discovery of measurement, my son dips   a discarded plastic zip tie into the water. He drags a diamond into the sand   … Continue reading

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Jennifer Givhan – Poetry

Breath that moves on water / small boat, small rower after Louise Erdrich   The carrier brings a dog- eared Original Fire to the door   instead of leaving it in the … Continue reading

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LeNeil Spotted Horse

A WORLD WITHOUT PRISONS To have a world without prisons Every man every woman would have To unlock the person inside themselves. The prisons they built, the prisons they’ve become … Continue reading

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Melissa R Sipin – Fiction

ISN’T IT RIGHT?  1. The hair is troubling the girl. The hair is frizzy, long, with streaks of blonde and the girl does not like the black stands or the … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Velma Kee Craig – Poetry

Painting * Velma Kee Craig (Navajo) is a poet, an award-winning writer / director of short films, and a textile artist. She is the co-founder of White Springs Creative, LLC, … Continue reading

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Lettie Laughter – Poetry

When They Found Baby Whale Skeletons in the Desert I Thought of You     back when we were mermaids you loved me in good ways laughter & kisses my … Continue reading

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Christine Garcia – Poetry

Gabriel You make me feel as though I cannot breathe, and in this state of asphyxiation parrots, bananas, riverboats, and penetration move across my mind. Gabriel, from Aracatacas, Bogota, Mexico … Continue reading

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Michael Armendariz – Poetry

Time Harvest Rights Damn! Them fools got me again! Que jodido! Wrapping your mind around the totality of a gangster mentality shouldn’t be such a formidable task, right? So why … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha – Poetry

  every time I see you I think  what the hell was I thinking?   I wasn’t thinking. I was heart broken.  I was chest cracked like axe. I was … Continue reading

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Jaye Sablan – Poetry

åpuya[1] after brother gives birth to sky earth and sea sister releases the breath of life as first pattera[2] and animates the world ya humuyong na taiguini gui[3] from above … Continue reading

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Charlie Bast – Poetry

this is easy sometimes in sleep i think i dream the sound of my name on your voice.  it is yelling, which is how i know you, and it wakes … Continue reading

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Tori Cárdenas – Poetry

Trapped Bird   the stove had finally slept through the night. morning rose crisp and wet. nana in the kitchen as always. grandpa with the paper that was delivered each … Continue reading

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Imee Cuison – Mixed Media

Deconstructing Yellow   Imee Cuison is a freelance writer based in Charleston, SC and Brooklyn, NY. She is the creative executive for Intrinsic Value Films, an independent film production company. … Continue reading

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Sandy Lockheart

Questions [Arabic script] Sometimes when I wake up I’m not quite sure why. At moments there are answers. And at others Just unanswered questions. So to whom do I owe … Continue reading

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Rachelle Cruz – Poetry

How to Prepare Your Husband for Dinner San Francisco, California   To braise a heart requires a kind of calm about cruelty.  She wrings out her tears from a white … Continue reading

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Elsa Valmidiano – Poetry

How My Grandparents Made Love In 1944   He was lying on top of her, just having finished. He – still inside of her. She – holding his weight. Both … Continue reading

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David Andrew Talamantes – Fiction

Taking Jorge Monday morning Jorge woke up cuddled into me and he was here in Denver at my  apartment and he was mine; by Monday night he wasn’t. I wanted … Continue reading

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Celeste Adame – Poetry

love and basketball    Celeste Adame, Muckleshoot, is happy to report that she’s a member of the inaugurating class of the “Low-Rez” MFA program at the Institute of American Indian … Continue reading

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Lorenzo Johnson

Her soul painted in words Beautiful colors so vivid and bright that once seen you would think she stole the stars from a clear night Like that of a rainbow … Continue reading

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Luis Lopez-Maldonado – Poetry

Making you pretty again For Marisol     Organs are moved, Lips are sewn into a new smile, Veins drained of DNA, And underneath your bruised chest, An empty space … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Review of Hustle

Patricia Killelea’s Review of David Tomas Martinez’s Hustle Hustle [verb] /ˈhʌs·əl/: 1. to move or work in a quick or energetic way; 2. to convey forcefully; 3. to make money doing … Continue reading

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Michael Wasson – Poetry

You leave no ash to jar up no dust in the rug so we spray rosewater on the walls leave a plate of food split wood in the shed burn … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

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