As Us

A Space for Women of the World

Letter from the Editors

Dear Reader, It is with great joy that we bring you Issue 5 of As/Us. We started the journal in August 2012 and to know that 3 years later As/Us … Continue reading

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Fawn Douglas – Cover Artist

        Fawn Douglas is a member of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe. She also has roots in the Cheyenne, Pawnee and Creek Nations. Fawn has earned a … Continue reading

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Book Review – Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives

King, Nia. Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives. CreateSpace Independent Platform, 2014. PDF. Review by Shauna Osborn Through her podcast “We Want the Airwaves,” … Continue reading

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Isabella Fillspipe – #DearNativeYouth Honorable Mention (Middle/High School)

Dear Past Self  Dear Past Self, My advice to you is  Please don’t ever sit in your room and lock yourself away because you don’t think you’re good enough. Because you … Continue reading

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Sierra Edd – #DearNativeYouth Poetry Contest (College) Winner

First World The axis of the earth is hinged onto the belly of the creator. But somewhere along the way, foreigners have dragged the earth in the wrong direction. Salvage … Continue reading

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Charli Fool Bear – #DearNativeYouth Honorable Mention (College)

 Rez Long live the brown kids with dirty feet­­ playing basketball in the street skin beating the ground like drums in the cool summer nights like the dancers pressing their … Continue reading

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Hailey Nez – #DearNativeYouth Poetry Winner (High/Middle School)

Little Lost Skecher   I remember it well My white Skechers shoe I’m not usually one to dwell But on that day I’d been rather blue   Golden rays of … Continue reading

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Natani Notah – Poetry

Baby Mama That eagle eye rolled around on the ground. The baby played with that eye and put it into its mouth. The Baby Mama never reprimanded the baby, Because … Continue reading

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Karen Marie Maliwat Villa – Poetry

Six Haiku Her hips turn violet in the thunderous beating, roundness cracks her throat. Saline covered prunes, our bruised nectarines, gaping. Bottoms switch. Eyes closed. Bed whines from distress crushed … Continue reading

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Venaya Yazzie – Poetry

Coyote remembers II .at dawn coyote licks his turquoise paw. and above morning star monitor billows blue air breathes in and out – .at dawn coyote his tail touching gleaming … Continue reading

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Book Review – Letterrs

Book Review of Letterrs (Orlando White) by Laura Da’ “A letter on the page affirms the being of person.”   Orlando White’s second book of poetry, Letterrs, delves deeply into … Continue reading

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Juanita Pahdopony – Poetry

Grandmother Golden Orb A tiny golden warrior in a Black beaded vest Defends her territory With a Native woman confidence. She captivates easily Those caught unaware and Hastily but carefully, … Continue reading

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Sequoyah Moore – Poetry

black history month ain’t shit   since black me was tall enough to smother black chalkboards with white chalk i’ve been fooled by fickle fallacies about black folks’ history. see, … Continue reading

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Vanessa Martir – Creative Nonfiction

When the Heart Breaks “I’m a sin, sis. The Bible says I’m a sin.” My brother, Juan Carlos, and I were sitting just outside my aunt’s first floor apartment in … Continue reading

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Dana Collins – Poetry

#funeral #selfie sorry memaw that u are dead and i guess that means gone to a place where u won’t see this #selfie in front of your #coffin #gross not … Continue reading

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Amanda Huynh – Poetry

To Her Husband   a durian shake is intimate, musk collected in a glass: reminds him of late nights waiting at Mẹ’s feet, thin   memories of suckling frozen red … Continue reading

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Chelsey Luger – Poetry

minowe (speak well) there’s a certain kind of poetry in praying out loud born of steady practice with no goal in mind no urge to impress just a life to … Continue reading

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Jessica Lanay – Poetry

  Nel talking to Sula When you returned with thundering wings and black holes for feet and sex, just everything – sucked up into you, the lips of your pores … Continue reading

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Courtney C Grambrell – Poetry

Declaration of Supremacy Do not discount the quiet ones There is power in the silence of lambs I am more than just a woman A second-class citizen An emotional wreck … Continue reading

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Natasha Sharma – Poetry

Remembering Papa Mom tells me you married an acceptable Indian girl when you first came to Canada. But you treated her badly till her brothers came to take her back. … Continue reading

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Verna Zafra – Poetry

Tools We crossed into mountain-backed fields It was my first time; Theirs, they had lost count. Like hardened soldiers, They trudged the paths Of sword grass, Retracing the steps of … Continue reading

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Melanie Laura – Poetry

Firehouse Watching you with my lavender eyes I always asked before I entered you and I would meet at the center and I’d inspect you with my looking glass then … Continue reading

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Kanwalroop Kaur Singh – Poetry

Psyche of a Brown Woman Coming Out Neelam lay poised in death like a bride arranged to be married with ash talons stiff in midair worn plume rumpled from the … Continue reading

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Cynthia Dewi Oka – Poetry

The Men Who Turned Into Air circled caverns of broad daylight where no two souls speak     the same inferno hope glinted on sidewalks like needles    & burst condoms     you think … Continue reading

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Vidya Panicker – Poetry

The rain clouds Today at this moment, I feel it would rain imagine the steam rising from the parched earth after decades of drought, an army of tadpoles cracking out … Continue reading

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Aries Hines – Poetry

Good Woman for Nikki Giovanni’s Ego Trippin   A good woman my hips conjure rose petals and sweet tea convert lost laundry socks into protective charm quilts whole murals flow … Continue reading

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Rain Prud’homme-Cranford – Poetry

Dust Bowl Blues             for JCM Black thorn pierce naked foot bleed red overhead black crow blue tinged wings trip on broken branch Broken branch no spring bud magnolias to … Continue reading

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Tori Cardenas – Poetry

I was a lover heavy clumps of snow falling in love down on me wading through smoke and stout beer before I understood anyone’s speech caught between ruby lip stain … Continue reading

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Cutcha Risling Baldy – Creative Nonfiction

Ten Days Or… Thoughts on that my Baby   People will ask me all the time how I felt when I was pregnant. I hated being pregnant. I hated feeling … Continue reading

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Alice Rose Crow-Maar’aq – Creative Nonfiction

In Anchorage, Weaving an Offering of Words   The creative word, the word acting in time, the word able to bring events into being, is a mighty powerful word.                  … Continue reading

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Melanie Fey – Fiction

Coyote Wants To Be A Hipster Coyote was sitting on the mesa, enjoying the view, smelling the fresh air. He sprawled out on his belly, thinking about how it was … Continue reading

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Geraldine King – Fiction

Zhaabdis Minwaa Jibwens (Zhaabdiis and Jibwens) Zhaabdis loves Jibwens but Jibwens does not love Zhaabdiis. Jibwens loves bingo. It’s just the way the rows upon rows of bingo sheets smell … Continue reading

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Jacqueline Jones LaMon – Creative Nonfiction

Fishnets   I love my son. It seems like such a simple statement, an ordinary concept. It’s not news worthy.  But maybe, I’m learning, it is.  I am dedicated to … Continue reading

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Famia Nkansa – Creative Nonfiction

  The Child I Will Not Love   My memory is in my nose. Not in my marrow, not in my torso, not in the pit of my stomach. My … Continue reading

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Breauna L. Roach – Creative Nonfiction

What to do after an article written about you by a white girl in your yoga class goes viral or On teaching yourself Egyptian yoga after you realize the rest … Continue reading

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Iris Ruiz – Creative Nonfiction

La indigina: Risky Identity Politics and Decolonial Agency as Indigenous Consciousness   * * * * * I am Coatlicue Yo soy Tonantzin I possess the strength of Dos Amades … Continue reading

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Sarena Tien – Creative Nonfiction

What it Means to be Chinese-American  The stranger studies my black hair and yellow-tinted skin, noting that I’m clearly some type of Asian. Before she even opens her mouth, I … Continue reading

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Elsa Valmidiano – Creative Nonfiction

  Massage It’s 3:00 PM and I am scheduled for a massage. It’s hot, peaceful, and lazy on Sangat Island. She knocks on our cottage door, a shy brown woman with … Continue reading

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