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Black Experience

Black Experience

By Tyrell Collins

A scholarly and thoughtful epistolary celebrating black female identity and inventorying the rousing literature it produces.

By Damon Percy

Yearning and wrenching, the heart twitches and beats harder.

By LurLynn Franklin

Pregnant with a flowering reach.

By LurLynn Franklin

White institutions fall in line before those who’ve been criminally neglected.

By LurLynn Franklin

Protective mothering is always in fashion.

I've Got Your Back still
By Eva Louise

With imagery and words that lilt and lash, an indigenous poet stands with the black community against bigoted forces.

Abuses Amended art
By Jessica Edwards

Indignities and exploitation are righted with sharp words and a blunt defense.

America is Weeping art
By Diana Franco

Barbarism is given free rein in a gun-happy nation.

Yellawoman poetry art
By Jessica Gallion

On the margins and in darkness, the survivor takes adversity as a necessity for growth.

Implications film art
By Khalil Anthony

After Baldwin, in a voice that shakes and sounds a freedom knell.

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Contests & Prizes

Flash Fiction Contest
On May 1st, we announced the winners of our Flash Fiction Contest: Thomas Garcia (1st), Rick Krizman (2nd), and Rios de la Luz (3rd). Read more.

The James Baldwin Literature Prize
It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of The James Baldwin Literature Prize of $1,000 to Hafsa Musa. Read more.

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