“Fat Chance, Charlie Vega” by Crystal Maldonado – Reviewed by Capri Huffman

Image by Capri Huffman ★★★★☆ Crystal Maldonado’s award-winning 2021 YA debut romance novel Fat Chance, Charlie Vega is a refreshing and honest portrayal of a fat Puerto Rican girl with a good heart and a complicated life falling in love for the first time. Firmly grounded in the contemporary here and now, the novel authentically … Read more“Fat Chance, Charlie Vega” by Crystal Maldonado – Reviewed by Capri Huffman

So What Do You DO All Day? by Mi Nguyen

Image by Qian Shi So What Do You DO All Day? Spoiler alert: Nothing. Health is a full-time job for people with chronic illnesses, and that’s okay. Our value as people is not defined by how much we “contribute” to society. For some reason, this is a difficult thing to grasp for many. We don’t … Read moreSo What Do You DO All Day? by Mi Nguyen

you have a body now by Nico Shea

Image: David Hockeny Pool I, 1978-80 You became a woman at eight years old. You don’t get your period until much later, but at eight years old, you are confronted with the uncomfortable realization that your female body is the object of desire of the straight male species. It is in an instant that this … Read moreyou have a body now by Nico Shea

FLIGHT by rose v dale

Photo by rose v dale Akio pushed through the revolving doors and stepped out of the airport terminal.       A familiar blue convertible was idling just outside, top down in the cool late autumn air; Kate sat at the wheel, watching for him. Her short hair was even shorter, and the lines in … Read moreFLIGHT by rose v dale

It Gets Worse by Pavel Frolov

Photo provided by Pavel Frolov Wednesday, June 27, 2001       Last night at your high school graduation there were bodyguards all over the place. Cameras were flashing. It felt like a red-carpet premier of a movie with all the stars in attendance. The ceremony wasn’t held at the actual location of the Professional … Read moreIt Gets Worse by Pavel Frolov

(Issue 16) Prose Feature: “I hope my writing creates mirrors” – Neema Avashia

by Serena Zets I think I read so much because I’m on a never-ending search for a book, a voice, a character, or an author who speaks to not only my sum but all of my individual parts too. I seek a single page, or even a paragraph, that makes me feel seen. I’m often … Read more(Issue 16) Prose Feature: “I hope my writing creates mirrors” – Neema Avashia

I Didn’t Know Much by Nwokedi Kenechukwu

Photo Source: Instagram @therealkaycee_  I didn’t know much, but I knew this was funny: The man who cheated on me a few days after we began a relationship sent me a one-thousand word breakup text beginning with a Maya Angelou quote – you know, the slightly annoying one about “people showing you who they are … Read moreI Didn’t Know Much by Nwokedi Kenechukwu

Chuddies by Marise Phillips

Image by artist duo Sacrée Frangine (@sacree_frangine) My best friend through high school was Indian by way of South Africa. She introduced me to her parents with pride: ‘Marise is more Indian than all of us, she was actually born there!’ When I first heard that, I was mortified. To me, her Gujurati family, the … Read moreChuddies by Marise Phillips

“Naked” by Mimi Mutesa & Selvi M. Bunce – Reviewed by Capri Huffman

Photo by Mimi Mutesa 4 stars Naked: the honest musings of 2 brown women is a wide-ranging and fearlessly vulnerable collection of poetry by Mimi Mutesa and Selvi M. Bunce on everything from race to love, family to mental health, accompanied by lovely illustrations by Mutesa. In different sections, it explores the complexities of having … Read more“Naked” by Mimi Mutesa & Selvi M. Bunce – Reviewed by Capri Huffman

Thick as a Brick: Masonry’s Response by Mike Cohen

Image source: https://wallpapersafari.com/ivy-vine-wallpaper/ The god of cannibals will be a cannibal… —Ralph Waldo Emerson Don’t look around so surprised that a brick is talking to you.  I’m compelled to speak because someone inside the building where I have been installed has been playing over and over those ridiculous sixties and seventies British albums—so-called classics—Thick as … Read moreThick as a Brick: Masonry’s Response by Mike Cohen

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