Featured illustration by Piotr Mańczak.
Maybe I’m not depressed,
Maybe I’m just sad.
Maybe I’m just down,
Because I know what it’s like to feel up.
Maa makes a salan for each son
because they like different things
but the beti needs to learn to make her own food
kyun ki uski age pe shaadi aur bachey hotey hain
larka jaan per be jaiy, jaise bi rai
maa ankh band karke osko kabi kuch boley gi nahi
beti aik galti kare
uski izzat zaban per aja ti hai
the sons can go out and party get a girl pregnant
but they’ll still be able to move on and find a good girl to marry
the girl stays out a bit later than 8 pm
might wear a t-shirt,
and the whole mohalla is calling her a slut, saying she’s no longer a virgin
we don’t love our girls as much as our sons
you have failed us girls
us girls are tired of walking on eggshells
of being thrown around, walked all over
and expected to have sabr
kehte hain betiyaan sab se bari rehmat hain
toh aaj hum ko kyun torey ho
Picture Credit: @thepakistanimarthastewart
I’ve gotten lost more than once on my journey
On this path that has hills and trick pathways
Hills too steep for my strength and pathways that have lead me to unknown places
Roll down the window
and drive fast.
Feel the dirt.
In your teeth,
under your nails,
in your ears.
The way things work,
the way they are now,
and society in general,
operate in an almost perversely, twisted
machine that is hell-bent
on our destruction.
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The Alux Chronicles is a book that is part novel and part poetry. It is the biography of the author Michael Sanders. He began writing poetry and short stories when he was 18 years old and continued to do so as he went through the various phases of his life.
I survived an earthquake
and my soul is still shaking inside
my heart beating too fast
what if I just trapped myself into a bigger mess
I survived an earthquake
I fought the earth
and the stars
I changed my way
I saved myself
and yet here I am
with hope hiding behind me
hoping to not be taken away
from the monstrous beast
depression that keeps
you were never meant to be happy
you were never meant to
have love that treated you right
and I don’t think I have it in me
to stand up again
to fight back
so I just whisper
I just whisper to myself
nahi nahi nahi
and someday I might
hold my self together
sew my self back up
but for now, I just whisper nahi
Charlotte, NC – Spring 2018
On February 24th, 2018 Warren Publishing will be sponsoring Lit. for the Culture!, a kid-friendly cultural event to take place at Central Piedmont Community College CATO Campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event will feature four local African American children’s authors—Shimah Easter, Jessica McEachern, Kimberly Dixon, and Carmen Jimenez. “We’re brown girls turned brown women and we’ve all published children’s books featuring brown characters,” said Easter.
The event will also spotlight various local organizations with roots in Charlotte’s contemporary black culture. These organizations include the Legacies of Light, Naomae Stitch, and Cara B. Natural.
The event is free and open to the public and welcomes young readers along with their families. Guests are encouraged to meet with the authors, learn about the publishing process, purchase books, and enjoy live readings of each of the works, all while celebrating Black History month.
Shimah Easter is the organizer of this event and is available for interviews. For more information, please contact Malinda “Mindy” Kuhn at Warren Publishing by phone at (704) 900-0236 or by email at email@example.com.
Come view works by Jaelen Isis at Woodland Pattern BookCenter on February 24th, 2018, 6-9pm.
I am a watercolor painter located in Chicago. I specializing in portraiture and mixed media. Watercolor brings forth an emotion to the eye; whatever the piece of art may be, the observer instantly feels a connection as an effect to the natural movements of the paint. The versatility of watercolor contributes to the color, detail, and movement of my pieces.
In my paintings, I portray men, women, young people, people of color, etc. in relation to the stereotypes frequently attached to them. Using mixed media (if you look closely) you see illustrations hidden within the colors and lines of the background and foreground of each piece. Continue reading Featured Artist: Jaelen Isis
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Romance and Heart Break in Old Vegas
by Kaitlyn Barrett
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In 2012 the CEO of Zappos, Tony Hseih, moved his company headquarters to downtown Las Vegas. Where most people saw only tumbleweeds and falling down buildings, Hseih saw the potential for a vibrant cultured artistic tech center where his employees would want to live, work and play. He created the “Downtown Project” and poured millions of dollars into the area around Fremont Street, renovating buildings, opening new restaurants and investing in Life is Beautiful, a yearly festival celebrating inspirational speakers, world famous street artists and Vegas’ top chefs.
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This poem was the result of a challenge that I gave myself. I’ve always wanted to write about nature but I was never really sure how to so I did what I do best; I combined the subject of nature with love. It’s safe to say that my heart and soul is in this post. The image by bachtz, an amazing illustrator on Instagram.
I hope you guys enjoy this piece and love it as much as I do. I know I haven’t shared a lot recently but I hope to share more soon!