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OPEN CALL FOR GUA No. 6

Print Submission Requirements
FICTION•POETRY•NONFICTION•CREATIVE NONFICTION VISUAL ARTS •PHOTOGRAPHY MUSIC REVIEW•FASHION EDITORIALS
Topic: Open Requirements: work must be ORIGINAL and UNPUBLISHED.
CATEGORIES
Vibed Out category focuses on the music of the urban artist. If you or your group has a project being released quarter, consider doing the write up yourself or make contact with Genre: Urban Arts for us to construct a write up for you.
Music Review:
2-3 images (file size no greater than 64MB)Review 300 – 400 wordsSide Notes to Life category focuses on reflection and the times that life offered a new insight. Sharing insights brings us together and helps us see where individuals are connected and where we differ. Being exposed to different cultures’ intricacies as well as indulging ourselves in familiar narratives allows us to consider our relevance and position in the universe.
Nonfiction or Creative Nonfiction
500 words or fewer
Fitted category focuses on urban fashion. Where I’m from we say, “Dude stay fitted,” if, in fact, he does. In this category, we are looking for bloggers or models with impeccable style and designers who want to call attention to his or her work. You are welcome to compose a write up on yourself; however, Genre editors would be happy to interview you and compose one for you. 5-7 Images (file size no greater than 64MB)200-400 words
Composed category focuses on fiction and creative compositions with the exception of creative nonfiction.
Poetry
2-4 poems with 50 lines or fewer
Prose
500 or fewer
Art
Envisioned category caters to the windows of the soul. Visual Artists, please send photographs of original art.
Art
  • Title, Medium
  • 1-3 images (file size no greater than 64MB)
  • Artist statement
Photography
  • Title, Medium
  • 5-7 images (file size no greater than 64MB)
  • Artist statement


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Genre: Urban Arts at Milwaukee Fringe Fest

Genre: Urban Arts will be a vendor at the Milwaukee Fringe Festival on August 25th & 26th. Come to pay us a visit! 

We are working on a portraiture project that will be on exhibition soon. Come have your photo taken to have the opportunity to become a part of the art!

We will also have Genre: Urban Arts No. 4 Mags on sale as well as other Genre Merch. 

Read more about MKE Fringe Fest below:

On August 27th – 28th, 2016 the MKE Fringe made its debut in downtown Milwaukee. Following the rich tradition of Fringe Festivals, the Milwaukee Fringe Festival is a showcase of a diverse collection of artists that call Milwaukee home. From theatrical actors to painters, musicians to tap dancers, performance artists to playwrights, MKE Fringe is a joyous celebration of what makes Milwaukee’s culture vibrant and extraordinary (MKEFringe.com).

There will be over 30 acts as well as a plethora of vendors. Come to support Milwaukee Creatives! Visit MKEFringe.com for more info.

 

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We are Coming for Our Language

a poem by Shirley Jones

 

In the history of words         suffragettes fighting for rights

badges of honor     queer an insult         to some but a fortune

to others       who wish to  tell it slant & mingle fact with fiction

as they try to     copyright our words    we must reclaim our names

This appropriation is unnecessary    for the power of language

has been distorted       & used against us

Continue reading We are Coming for Our Language

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The Billy Conahan Experience Live video at Bowery Poetry Club

If you’re looking to quail your creative fix, here is video from our partners over at Bowery Poetry. If you are in the NYC area, stop over and visit this classy venue. The drinks are great! The talent never fails to impress, and the staff is DOPE. Big ups Heath and Julius.

In the area? View their calendar below.

Bowery Poetry Calendar

 

Enjoy!

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Milwaukee’s Latino Youth Speak Out in New Music Video, El Color De La Libertad

Amidst divisive national debate over immigration and policies that separate families, the new student lead music video El Color De La Libertad gives voice to Latino youth, providing a powerful perspective on freedom in the United States.



The product of a collaboration between Jazale’s Art Studio and Alexander Mitchell Integrated Arts School, El Color De La Libertad (The Color of Freedom) combines the words of Latino 7th grade students with the talents of Milwaukee-based musicians MC(mikal), Klassik, SistaStrings, and filmmaker Wes Tank.  Continue reading Milwaukee’s Latino Youth Speak Out in New Music Video, El Color De La Libertad

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5 Ways Meditation Can Increase Your Creativity

Meditation has been found to be extremely effective for many of our modern problems. Studies have shown that it can help increase your creativity. If you have ever tried meditation, you understand the benefits of how it relaxes and centers you. Seen as more of a spiritual practice in the past, it is clear that it can be extremely helpful in our day to day lives.

Creative business coach Mark McGuinness meditates for 20 minutes a day before he starts work. He focuses on his breathing while doing so. He has found that he gains focus, patience, calmness, clarity, and insight. He isn’t the only one in the business world using meditation. The likes of Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss, and many other highly successful people that depend on their creativity use meditation before they start their workday. Here are 5 ways that meditation increases creativity.

Meditation and How it Works on the Brain

There are three parts to the brain that work together in order to get your creative juices flowing. The reptilian part of your brain is your oldest part. It covers breathing and automatic things. The limbic system is where your empathy and emotions can be found. Then there is the Neocortex which is the newest part. It is the most advanced part of the brain. We are capable of being aware of ourselves like no other species. This is why we can learn language, paint, play music, and write screenplays.

The limbic and Neocortex system will both activate to search for solutions. The limbic looks to past experiences to find the best solution. The Neocortex analyzes everything and is looking for a rational answer. Interesting, the limbic system comes up with answers faster even though the Neocortex would perhaps come up with a more rational answer.

1. Effects on the Neocortex

Meditation is a work in progress. It trains you to be aware of yourself and your surroundings. It trains you to be in the moment. The Neocortex is the part of the brain that controls your awareness. When you meditate, you train this part of the brain to become stronger. Meditation on a daily basis will allow you to make better choices. You can see bad habits and analyze the things you’re doing right in your life and things that don’t serve you. It is the newest part of the evolution of our brain. It is in charge of things like:

  • Creativity
  • Solving problems
  • Visioning
  • Strategizing
  • Visionary

By strengthening this area of the brain, you will be better able to reach that creative aspect of yourself.

2. Managing Emotions Continue reading 5 Ways Meditation Can Increase Your Creativity

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Black Woman

a poem by Evany Martinez

How do you tell her she’s too

loud when you silenced her for

Centuries.

 

Too strong when she has to work light

years ahead of you just to catch up.

 

Too violent with your scars

etched Into her back.

 

Too dark when your spirit is

composed of ashes from her

ancestors.

 

Too wild.

Too real.

Too raw.

 

That must be why you

can only rise if she falls.

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Tight Rope Talking

a poem by Sarah Chafin

I’m waiting for you to call,

inviting me to another game

of telephone

I hear, you say

I play

person in the middle

tip-toeing on rope tight

emotions

between everyone

I love

not sure how to feel,

what to say

or if I should

say anything

at all

because anything I say

could be the thing

that causes

this entire family

to crumble

into dust

 

-tightrope talking

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COUNTRY OF MIND

a poem by James Martin

I do not recognise
My city
I do not recognise
My country
Not because
I do not have one
But because I have too many
Worldwide
But isolated
I do not have the poles
Or the canvas
To build my own tent
Only a sleeping bag to roll up
Then move on
And flee
This dead city of mind
This barren country of mind
This long tall history of mind
With its flags
And its books
And their songs
And their words
Which can only fill holes
In its ash-ridden borders
And not the vast depths
Of its fathomless heart
Still alive
And yet distant
Like the faint beat of its waves
Still here –
In this blown speck of dust
Caught in its bright piercing light

 

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She was Love.

She in herself was

impervious to the tension of the earth

for her exterior to crumble,

for earthquaking carcinogens

to filter,

to trickle,

to dismantle.

She was ethereal.

Her footsteps tread lightly.

Her head held in a manner that

whosoever glimpsed her beauty

would question the absence of wings at her back

would not feign respect

He thought that was so at least.

She was a shapeshifter.

Merely unfolding the aspect of herself that was most pleasing

to the sort of man who still needs someone to save

like a prince who needs to wake some distraught maiden with his kiss.

Except this wasn’t that.

Chivalry isn’t dead.

I probably should have warned him,

but her execution was flawless.

He was drawn to her much like

those who are dry tongued seek water.

Similarly, to how those in the desert

come eventually to a palmed tree oasis

prepared to quench thirst.

He sought her,

but she, too, was merely a mirage.

 

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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Genre: Urban Arts is a platform where artists can become published digitally and in print. We also provide exhibiting and performing opportunities for visual and performance artists via pop-up galleries.

Our No. 5 print is currently accepting submissions until August 6th. 2018.


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Submissions may include:

FICTION

POETRY

NONFICTION

CREATIVE NONFICTION

VISUAL ARTS

PHOTOGRAPHY

MUSIC REVIEWS

FASHION EDITORIALS

ARCHITECTURE

INTERIOR DESIGN

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Urban folk: the truth is out there

prose by Paula Puolakka

He has no teeth,

but still, he walks like a king across the gas station parking lot.

In his white pick-up truck, he listens to Led Zeppelin, the foreign sounds of his youth, and

feels like the ruler of I-81 though he’s just a grain of sand in this overpopulated world.

 

His skin is tan and his mustache is thick: a bumper between him and the ladies,

who are only California Dreaming or in the New York State of Mind and

not falling head over heels for the West Virginian.

But when he gets to his hometown, sees the weeds and the wildflowers surrounding the old

warehouse,

he feels peace taking over his heart.

Here, all is well. He’s somebody, even when he’s a nobody.

Continue reading Urban folk: the truth is out there

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Genre: Urban Arts @Bowery Poetry -Eli $tones

Eli $Tones Is A 20-year-old Recording Artist/Songwriter From Milwaukee, WI.

Starting His Music Background With Rock/Heavy Metal, Eli $Tones Fell In Love With Rap Music & R&B In Middle School Which Is Also When He Started Writing And Recording His Own Music.

After Graduating High School, The Young Artist Dropped His Debut Ep, “Elsewhere” (2016), Which Showcases 7 Diverse Tracks Engineered By Himself, Featuring Hit Tracks Like “Idk” & “Like Me”, Both Produced By Wonya Love.

“Elsewhere” Is Available For Streaming On Soundcloud.

Since His Ep, Eli $Tones Jumped On A Completely Different Wave With His Groovy & Bouncy Hit 

Single “Hell Of A Guy [Prod. Key Boy]” And Bangers Like “Flex [Prod. Cashmoneyap]” & “Way Back (Ft

. Shon Mil) [Prod. Tower]” Which Are All Just The Beginning For What Eli $Tones Has In Store.

Since His Ep, Eli $Tones Jumped On A Completely Different Wave With His Groovy & Bouncy Hit Single “Hell Of A Guy [Prod. Key Boy]” And Bangers Like “Flex [Prod. Cashmoneyap]” & “Way Back (Ft. Shon Mil) [Prod. Tower]” Which Are All Just The Beginning For What Eli $Tones Has In  Store.

Genre: Urban Arts will be at Bowery Poetry in NYC where we are having our No. 4 Print launch on June 24th, 3:30- 5pm. We will have spoken-word, live music, and other performance arts.

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PURCHASE NO. 4 PRINT

Support our small press by purchasing a copy of Genre: Urban Arts No. 4 TODAY! We provide a platform for artists to become published digitally and in print. In addition to this, we also provide exhibiting and performing opportunities for visual and performance artists. A purchase of this magazine definitely will support the arts!

Our No. 4 Prints will begin being shipped on June 25th. No. 4 Print reveals the maturation of Genre: Urban Arts. The size is now 8×11 and hosts 84 glorious pages of art, poetry, prose, photography and critical articles from contemporary artist around the globe.

Pick up your copy today!!!

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No. 4 Print

 

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Genre: Urban Arts @Bowery Poetry -Team ADHD

Genre: Urban Arts will be at Bowery Poetry in NYC where we are having our No. 4 Print launch on June 24th, 3:30- 5pm. We will have spoken-word, live music, and other performance arts.

Purchase Tickets for Genre @Bowery Poetry

A Rap Group Of Individual Artist Coming Together To Put Out Great Music, Take Lyricism To The Next Level, Stay True To HipHop, Its Culture And represent their hometown. Known As Milwaukee. Josh Jenkins, G Gifted, & JalenG.