POEM I DON’T WANT TO WRITE

by aabbchot aabbaadd aabbswallow // illustration by Jespa Jacob Smith /// I’m trapped in my silence, – I don’t tell anyone about my alarm, – I know why I am in this situation, – thoughts constantly recur, remind me. I’ve developed and actioned plans,…

London

London by Bobb Attardwith an illustration by Tigrownai remember 
lying in bed on a sunday afternoon, loud techno on to mask off my painful sounding vocal tics 
distracting myself with the view of the topless graffiti artists from outside my bedroom window;
 admiring...

Call: Shifting Traditions

Submission deadline: December 31st, 2019
We accept fictional and biographical work. Submissions can be written, drawn, photo essays, made into a film, song, or installation. Please get in touch if you have a certain idea, but are not sure if it fits the topic or if the form will work.

Roots

Roots by GVGK Tangwith an illustration by Dixie Turner and one by the author.“The body dies, but the hair continues to grow.”— Wang Ping, “The Magic Whip”by GVGK TangShe's so bald.With peach fuzz on her forehead. Oh god, I hope she doesn't grow up with a unibrow. They...

an old tradition

by Julia Saragos // illustrations by Lena Dirscherl /// our last kiss
– fumbling and strange – in a spanish airport bathroom – she

Shifting traditions

Storytelling is one of the oldest and most accessible tools used to share culture and experiences over generations.

But telling our own stories, and sharing our own experiences in our own words, is also a means of empowerment and self-affirmation – especially when our voices have been marginalized for as long as we can remember.

 

SHIFTING TRADITIONS

– submissions

Roots

Roots

Roots by GVGK Tangwith an illustration by Dixie Turner and one by the author.“The body dies, but the hair continues to grow.”— Wang Ping, “The Magic Whip”by GVGK TangShe's so bald.With peach fuzz on her forehead. Oh god, I hope she doesn't grow up with a unibrow. They...

London

London

London by Bobb Attardwith an illustration by Tigrownai remember 
lying in bed on a sunday afternoon, loud techno on to mask off my painful sounding vocal tics 
distracting myself with the view of the topless graffiti artists from outside my bedroom window;
 admiring...

dve propasti

dve propasti

I dve propasti (two abysses) by Marko Emigrantov_na KvirenkoImages by the author. Edited for publication by Verena. The level of proximity they have had does not offer alternative scripts. They were everything or nothing completely. Tragic heroes laughing in the rye,...

Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage by Samuel Matteo SchloeglImages by the author. Edited for publication by Verena. 1. I feel like an impostor. 
 Maybe, a voice keeps whispering in the back of my head, maybe this is the last time. The last time they let you into their house at all. The...

The Cutter

The Cutter

The Cutter by AdibaImage provided by the author. Modified for publication by Verena.When I was eighteen, I was forced to roll dough every Saturday. A big circle of dough - thin enough to see the kitchen table’s fine grey cage pattern, or, as they say, “thin enough to...

Naa’hor Pa-at

Naa’hor Pa-at

by Chroma Chola // illustration by Marko Emigrantov_na Kvirenko /// A coffee cup lay on a stack of charts, its contents spiraling outwards. Computer screens nearby were beeping rapidly. One of the scientists picked up the coffee cup, emptied it in one gulp and wrote a report on his iPad.

an old tradition

an old tradition

by Julia Saragos // illustrations by Lena Dirscherl /// our last kiss
– fumbling and strange – in a spanish airport bathroom – she

POEM I DON’T WANT TO WRITE

POEM I DON’T WANT TO WRITE

by aabbchot aabbaadd aabbswallow // illustration by Jespa Jacob Smith /// I’m trapped in my silence, – I don’t tell anyone about my alarm, – I know why I am in this situation, – thoughts constantly recur, remind me. I’ve developed and actioned plans,…

Call: Shifting Traditions

Call: Shifting Traditions

Submission deadline: December 31st, 2019
We accept fictional and biographical work. Submissions can be written, drawn, photo essays, made into a film, song, or installation. Please get in touch if you have a certain idea, but are not sure if it fits the topic or if the form will work.