The Call of the Void by Kavinila Rengaraju

(CW: suicide) The night Surya decides he will go to his death, his wife goes into labor. His son arrives with an air of practicality, eliciting one loud wail to announce his presence before knotting his eyebrows together and squinting to make out the blurry shapes around him that belong to voices he already knows. … Read moreThe Call of the Void by Kavinila Rengaraju

Letting Go and Holding On by Ashley Gin

     Image Source: Colin Boyle / Chicago Sun-Times         Is there value in holding onto the past when you’ve already embraced the new? Why did I sometimes struggle with the simplest of questions? It wasn’t always easy being me. I mean, I stood out from all the other kids in our cookie-cutter suburb in middle America. … Read moreLetting Go and Holding On by Ashley Gin

Braiding Sweetgrass Review by Miranda Mlilo

Image source: Penguin Books “The moral covenant of reciprocity calls us to honor our responsibilities for all we have been given, for all that we have taken. It’s our turn now, long overdue. Let us hold a giveaway for Mother Earth, spread our blankets out for her and pile them high with gifts of our … Read moreBraiding Sweetgrass Review by Miranda Mlilo

Ode to the friends I cannot see by Sonikka Loganathan

Ode to the friends I cannot see and the powers of social media. On a warm Sunday afternoon, I lay, nestled in bed in my summer apartment in Washington D.C., scrolling through Uber Eats trying to decide what I want for dinner. “What did you get for lunch?” I asked my empty bedroom. A slightly staticky … Read moreOde to the friends I cannot see by Sonikka Loganathan

The Appetite Zone or Penny Dreadful for a Marxist by Pavel Frolov

         You’ve already been here. One year ago, you traveled to a different dimension, a dimension of upper class, privilege and fame. You were among the elite and the stars, where your dreams looked like reality. It felt like a secret place behind a secret door which you opened with a key of your imagination. … Read moreThe Appetite Zone or Penny Dreadful for a Marxist by Pavel Frolov

Unknown by Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez

CW: anxiety, unraveling Estefani’s phone vibrated. The screen read “unknown” and she declined the call. By then, she knew “unknown” usually meant debt collectors.  She noticed the hangnail on her middle finger only after she dipped her nail in acetone. The burning sensation was quick and sharp. She sucked in air, teeth clenched, and let … Read moreUnknown by Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez

The Taste of Caramel by Sarah Filippczyk

TW: child abuse  I took a deep breath of the cold air. Although it was summer, this night was chilly. The moon was hiding behind dark clouds, so I could barely see the asphalt in front of me. Even the buildings surrounding me were only black shapes. But it didn’t matter. I knew this neighborhood … Read moreThe Taste of Caramel by Sarah Filippczyk

Jade Legacy Review by Capri Huffman

Hi Mixed Mag! I’m Capri Huffman, a new contributor. I run a book-themed Instagram (@sobstorybooks) with my friend Gabby, reviewing and promoting books by LGBTQ and BIPOC authors. My goal with my new book review series here at Mixed Mag is the same: to help great books by marginalized authors find the audiences they deserve! … Read moreJade Legacy Review by Capri Huffman

HOPE by Mimi Mutesa

CW: intimate partner violence  Gloria sat on the stiff motel mattress horrified, staring at her daughter’s silhouette in the next room. She shuddered, looking around Room 48 which was probably no larger than a prison cell. It smelled of a suspicious amount of disinfectant, lightly scraping her nostrils as she breathed in. Gloria could only … Read moreHOPE by Mimi Mutesa

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