Category: Mag

An Interview with Sonya Renee Taylor

Lift You Out of the Pit What was your last bite? A mango, strawberry, blueberry maple yogurt parfait with maple quinoa granola. Tell us about The Body is Not an Apology and how you came to create this space. On February 9, 2011, I posted a Facebook status and profile picture of myself in a

Beth Alvarado

The Motherhood Poems: On the birth of my first grandchild by Beth Alvarado   The baby was born early. Eight weeks early to be exact. They now count gestation in weeks not months. I stood in the hall and heard his first cry. Like a kitten, small and mewing. He was small. Four pounds, three

An Interview with Natasha Marin

On Magic and Lemonade with Natasha Marin   What was your last bite? Two truths and a lie: (a) My last bite was a grilled corncob, rubbed and marinated to lip-tingling awesome-sauce. (b) Sharkweek highlights included cheekfuls of tender metaphorical butt-flesh harvested from the delicate hind-quarters of those who need me to “know my place”–and the

An Interview with Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Black Feminism Is My Spiritual Practice What was your last bite? I might be biting every morning. Right now I am writing daily with prompts made from my favorite phrases from M. Jacqui Alexander’s Pedagogies of Crossing. She blows my mind. Her work activates my imagination, my spirit and my senses all at once. When and

An Interview with Amanda Johnston

Passing Down the Maps What was your last bite? “Is your poetry in service to white supremacy?” – Willie Perdomo I’ve been coming back to this quote often in my work/life. I’ve taken it for the foundation of a statement (read: demand) I challenge myself and others with: Use your power and privilege to break