Category: Mag

An Interview with Airea D Matthews

Candor is My Default Position   1. What was your last bite? I’m sure it was in February after I allowed someone else’s temper to get the better of me. And then my temper flared. And then my fangs surfaced. And then my bite broke skin. I regret it. The aftertaste stayed for weeks. 2.

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier

Motherhood as Grand Mal (And a Few Other Things) by Soma Mei Sheng Frazier   Childless friends often ask me to describe it: life as a mother. But how? Once I met my daughter Zoe, I realized I’d known nothing about love before, and that’s an offensive thing to say to someone without kids. It

An Interview with Minal Hajratwala

Skin. Muscle. Bone. Minal Hajratwala’s latest poetry collection, Bountiful Instructions for Englightenment, published by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a collective for which she is a co-founder, randomly opens to “Worship at Guadalupe Creek,” and the second stanza reads: “ Let me lean/into your tongue’s/exquisite roam.” Alright now! And it concludes: “ Under the bridge, tequila/chants our

An Interview with Rachel McKibbens

Mammoth & Moxie: On Activism & Empathy   Change is in the air. Perhaps the change we sought back in 2008. The kind of change that requires things not going back to “normal.” Because that would not only betray the poets we love and respect speaking out, but all of us. Rachel McKibbens is one

Shefali Milczarek-Desai

Living In-Between by Shefali Milczarek-Desai   I was on the phone with my parents pronouncing my sons’ Indian names with a Gujarati accent when my five-year old son loudly corrected me, “Mommy! It’s not ‘Saagr’ it’s ‘Saww|ger’!”  His harsh American drawl accentuated and apparent in his corrections to my softly flowing Gujarati. I tried explaining that