on Peach State by Adrienne Su

If the apple is that most iconic of American fruits, what is its counterpart among diasporic cultures from Asia? When I was growing up in Baguio City in the Philippines, one could buy tissue-wrapped “Red Delicious” apples and “Sunkist” oranges …

Luisa A. Igloria is the author of sixteen books, including Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (co-winner, 2019 Crab Orchard Open Poetry Prize) and The Buddha Wonders if She Is Having a Mid-Life Crisis (Phoenicia Publishing, 2018), and four chapbooks. Originally from Baguio City, she makes her home in Norfolk, Virginia, where she teaches in Old Dominion University’s MFA creative writing program and at the Muse Writers Center. In July 2020, she was appointed twentieth poet laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Academy of American Poets awarded her a 2021 Poet Laureate Fellowship in April 2021.

on Home in Florida: Latinx Writers and the Literature of Uprootedness, edited by Anjanette Delgado

Every piece included in Home in Florida: Latinx Writers and the Literature of Uprootedness, a new anthology edited by Anjanette Delgado, grapples with the concept of “uprootedness,” a term used by Reinaldo Arenas, an influential Cuban novelist and gay …

Diego Báez is a writer, educator, and abolitionist. A recipient of fellowships from the Surge Institute, CantoMundo, and the Poetry Foundation’s Incubator for Community-Engaged Poets, he has served on the boards of the National Book Critics Circle, the International David Foster Wallace Society, and Families Together Cooperative Nursery School. His poems and book reviews have appeared online and in print. He lives in Chicago and teaches at the City Colleges.

on Bitter in the Mouth by Monique Truong

God tastes like a walnut. Jesus tastes like fried chicken. Dolly Parton tastes like Sweet’N Low, and matricide—for any correlation or the lack thereof—tastes like peach cobbler. Monique Truong’s second novel, Bitter in the Mouth (2011), is a coming-of-age story …

Joanmarie Bañez is a doctoral student in literature at the University of California, San Diego, from Atlanta, Georgia, where she completed her BA and MA in English literary studies at Georgia State University. Her research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century multiethnic literature of the United States, Asian American diaspora in the U.S. South, transracial adoption narratives, and fictive kinship. She is the Decolonizing Initiatives Chair for the Society of the Study of Southern Literature’s Emerging Scholars Organization, and her work can be found in the South Atlantic Review.

Mississippi Masala Revisited

Hasanthika Sirisena’s debut essay collection Dark Tourist won the 2020 Gournay Prize and was released by Mad Creek Books, Ohio State University Press, in December 2021.

on Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Like Yaa Gyasi’s previous novel, Homegoing (2016), and in the spirit of many other works by West African writers, her latest book, Transcendent Kingdom, straddles two worlds. This story about how a young woman resolves the tension between her …

Samuel Okoli, a Nigerian-American writer, graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a dual degree in creative writing and psychology. He spends much of his free time writing poems, short stories, and a developing book manuscript, all while working as an application developer. He currently resides in Aurora, Illinois.

Enveloped by Memory

INTRODUCTION

Though he is only twenty-five years old, Miami-based artist Mark Fleuridor’s textile and multimedia portraits show assuredness and maturity far beyond his years. Since graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2019, Fleuridor has exhibited work …

Mark Fleuridor was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Working with painting, performance, quilting, and collage, Fleuridor explores his personal and familial experiences. A 2019 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Fleuridor has completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Ox-Bow Artist Residency, and Oolite Arts. In 2021, he had two solo shows in Fort Lauderdale.

Gardens at the Margins

INTRODUCTION

For many people, the concept of documentary work conjures images of a filmmaker shouldering a large camera or an archivist poring over transcripts and records, but North Carolina–based artist Saba Taj shows that documentary principles can underpin work in …

Saba Taj is a visual artist based in Durham, North Carolina. Inspired by Islamic stories, sci-fi, and revolution, Taj’s work explores representation, the gaze, queerness and the body. Their work employs interdisciplinary practices including mixed-media drawing, painting and collage, sewing, and performance. Taj was the 2019–20 post-MFA Fellow for the Documentary Diversity Project at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, former executive director of The Carrack Modern Art, Southern Constellations Fellow at Elsewhere Museum, and featured speaker at TEDxDuke in 2017.

Monumental Achievements

INTRODUCTION

In May 2020, Yehimi Cambrón had an unusually good view of Atlanta, from a hundred feet in the air, where she stood in the bucket of a boom lift surrounded by paint cans and brushes in the sweltering heat, …

Yehimi Cambrón is an Undocumented artist and activist based in Atlanta and born in San Antonio Villalongín, Michoacán, México. Her large-scale murals appear throughout the Atlanta area and her work has been shown in the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and elsewhere.

I Drive as My Family Sleeps; The Road from the Mountains; Lake Lanier; & Hummingbirds

Stephanie Niu is a Chinese-American poet from Marietta, Georgia, and the author of She Has Dreamt Again of Water (Diode Editions, 2022), winner of the 2021 Diode Chapbook Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Southeast Review, Poets Reading the News, and Storm Cellar, as well as in scientific collaborations including the eleventh annual St. Louis River Summit.

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