Literary Magazine

Month: September 2017

Sagging Pants | Kem Smith

“Nah Partnah,” Tyler said. Then he took his thumb and wiped it across his nose, a sure sign of eminent danger. Sean, with his jeans sagging over his sweats, the latest brand tennis shoes loosely laced, and hoodie securely tied around his unkempt hair, mimicked the […]

We Take On | Mel Lewis

Femmes we take on this work knowing the model of lack there is only so much justice to go around as if there was only so much skin to touch only so much breath to catch only so much love learning to be done we […]

Rosie’s Room | Valencia Clement

I. Bachata is playing in the air And I’m dancing with your brother Your family surrounds us But all I see is you Smiling at me I have to look away so your parents don’t see These are the rules of our forbidden love   […]

Learned Behavior | Valencia Clement

I learned how to love you around the time I learned to tie my shoes, When all that should’ve mattered was ice cream flavors & the Power Puff girls That’s when I first started healing my mom’s broken heart Pouring love into the cracks life […]

Anondra “Kat” Williams on Writing and Women’s Empowerment

Anondra “Kat” Williams is a writer, poet, radio host, and all around lover of words. Her first foray into writing was black girl love, released in 2011. In 2013 she released SistaGirl. Her work is currently featured in the anthologies Life, Love & Lust 1 […]

Krystal A. Smith on Speculative Fiction and Writer’s Block

A North Carolina native, Krystal A. Smith (i.e. K.A. Smith) is a Black lesbian writer of poetry and speculative fiction. Her work has been described as “lyrical” and “intriguing.” Her poems have appeared in Tulips Touching (UltraVioletLove Publishing 2011) and recent short stories have appeared […]

Untitled | Gregory Canillas

you never wanted me to have a voice you censored everything i said defined conversations, what could be discussed and when you never wanted me to have a voice laughed with friends about how softly i speak although you knew there was power in what […]