It’s here, our inaugural print issue! Sit back, relax, and dig into new short stories by 13 amazing Black female writers.
The stories introduce characters that navigate between self-love and loss, new beginnings and inevitable endings, and a few things in between.
Contributors include: Christian Loriel, Desiree Evans, Avi-Yona Israel, Wandeka Gayle, L.M. Bennett, DiAnne Malone, Muli Amaye, Tatiana Taylor, Kourtnie Rodney, Jacquese Armstrong, Candice Lola, Preslaysa Williams, and Ilisha Nicole.
EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: from “Let It Be Me” by Christian Loriel
A woman falls in love with her childhood friend, carrying his tragedies and weaknesses on her shoulders. But if she breaks, who will be there to carry her? Continue reading >
MORE IN THIS ISSUE
- “Holding Pattern” by Desiree Evans – Lenaya sees pieces of her mama everywhere. She must learn to move forward, even as she carries the weight of her complicated history.
- “Fear of Fear” by Avi-Yona Israel – Do you ever feel like no one else is sane? Do you ever, five minutes later, realize you’re the craziest one of all?
- “Finding Joy” by Wandeka Gayle – Ayo, a young, black, Jamaican immigrant and freshman at a university in Louisiana grapples with what to do when a white graduate student impregnates her.
- “Burn the Witch” by L.M. Bennett – A fortune teller sets up shop in a laundromat because these sweaters won’t dry themselves.
- “On the Occasion of A Pending Departure” by DiAnne Malone – A mother, after viewing a movie, reckons with her son’s pending departure to college in Baton Rouge.
- “Stripped” by Muli Amaye – Kaya is at a crossroads in her life. She is in rural France looking for something that will help her to piece it together.
- “The Dearest Ones” by Tatiana Taylor – A woman, after spending 14 years in prison, is finally coming home.
- “Babe” by Kourtnie Rodney – A couple affected by a miscarriage and the ways in which both of them bring their personal traumas into the relationship.
- “tea at miss daisy’s” by Jacquese Armstrong – In the 1950s, a young girl and her siblings listen to Miss Daisy recount a story of a girl’s rape and eventual murder.
- “Golden Girl” by Candice Lola – Are those on the top lucky? Or are they trapped?
- “Finding My Way Home” by Preslaysa Williams – Rayna Reynolds, a single mother, escapes from her abusive boyfriend. to her grandmother’s home.
- “This Is How You Deal with Grief” by Ilisha Nicole – A reminiscent exploration of how grief is handled by those who can and cannot cry.
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