Artwork by Jolina Johnson

Jo is a 19 year old multimedia artist based in the Gurnee/Waukegan area. She finds inspiration from personal experiences and her overall everyday life. While being into art all of her life it wasn’t until the pandemic where her main focus was to create. Her style fluctuates depending on how shes feeling in that moment … Read moreArtwork by Jolina Johnson

(Issue 11) Music Feature: Myles Cameron

Interview by Sherin Nassar You want Myles Cameron to make it. He’s got talent- his latest work says it all- but there is something about his optimism that has you rooting for him. He has that fresh eye ready to take on the world spirit that you sometimes wonder if people just lose at 25. … Read more(Issue 11) Music Feature: Myles Cameron

signed and delivered by Alyssa Bardge

“A constant theme that I accentuate in my work whether it is in my poetry, or most recently, in my collage work is the celebration of the forms black folks beautifully arrive in. Black folks are radiant and infinite. Our speech is eloquent in the way that it bends. Our thoughts are unparalleled. I created … Read moresigned and delivered by Alyssa Bardge

“Crackpot Seminary” by Doren

Crackpot Seminary is a project about Doren’s experiences growing up and going to high school in New York City. Each song represents a different aspect of his experience. From the angst and longing to see more of the city in Break the Rules, to the anxiety he felt about sharing his art in Drifting, and … Read more“Crackpot Seminary” by Doren

“Grey” by Cisco Swank

“Grey is a song about getting through. The majority of the song was written during quarantine which was definitely a time of overcoming trials and tribulations. That idea of seeing the light at the the end of the tunnel was definitely a focus on this song both sonically and lyrically. Especially parts where I repeat … Read more“Grey” by Cisco Swank

i didnt love him because he was stupid by DeAngelo Oliver

DeAngelo Oliver is a 23 year old non-binary Micronesian poet based in Olympia, Washington. They graduated from the University of Washington in Tacoma with a Bachelor’s degree in writing studies and a minor in education. Their poetry centers their life experiences, culture, and gender identity.

_Facial Recognition_ by Aerik “phaentompoet” Francis

iHave doubted my smile–if it existed in the faceof those mouthing of my ubiquitous grin.but iDo know whenmy smile smiles– feeling the evidence in its, it wasn’t the picturesqueLos Angeles January Sun, but a removal of a tether’snever questioned presence.such a wonderful good-bye greeting a lucky camera.happy, it seems, visitedme in spontaneous burst. my … Read more_Facial Recognition_ by Aerik “phaentompoet” Francis

I’m writing a letter to the softness in my body by Fran Fernández Arce

Fran Fernández Arce is a Chilean poet currently living in the intersection between Suffolk, England, and Santiago, Chile. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Pollux Journal, Journal of Erato, and Anamorphoseis, among others. She is a poetry reader for The Walled City Journal and poetry editor for Moonflake Press