The New Indian* Wars: Allies, Are You Really With Us?

by E.M. Lunsford *First, a disclaimer. I call my series, “The New Indian Wars”, as historically, that is what conflicts between Indigenous people and settlers/the government were called. Yes, many of us call ourselves “Indians”, but generally, Native American or Indigenous is more appropriate. This article can pertain to any marginalized group: LGBTQ+, Black/African American, Asian, non-neurotypicals, as there are...

#BrownExcellence: Mark Tilsen’s It Ain’t Over Until We’re Smoking Cigars On The Drill Pad – Musing from a Poetic Warrior

By Gitz Crazyboy Every individual that went answered the call and came out with their own stories, their own experiences, and left with some very life-altering lessons.  To each of us who watched from afar and in awe, we saw people just people rising up as heroes. I’m going to start this off by stating, stop doing everything you are...

Musings by Mamatas: Professional Writers

by Nick Mamatas As it’s tax time in the US, my mind has turned to what slot writers fit into in the web of work and capitalism and such. Of course, most writers are fundamentally members of the precariat—“the precarious proletariat” that have no property and also no security. Most writers don’t actually even own intellectual property: the average writer...

Where I Get My Ideas

By Mary SanGiovanni Perhaps the one question writers get asked most frequently is where we get our ideas.  We are asked so often, in fact, that the inclination to make up funny, even snarky answers can be tempting.  An ideas store in a small, rural town in the midwest, a secret well from which we draw up ideas on a...

Review: Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Reviewed by Vanessa Rodriguez Dark and Deepest Red is a young adult magical realism novel by Latinx LGBTQ+ author, Anne-Marie McLemore. This reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Red Shoes” is written in multiple POVs, including a young woman in sixteenth century Strasbourg, France, and draws on several accounts in history of a dancing plague that afflicted hundreds.  Opening in...

Word on the Street

By Mary SanGiovanni With the growing popularity of social media, users have easy access to people all over the world.  In creative communities, this has fostered more intimate connections between readers and writers. Fans can get to know a writer’s thoughts, feelings, passions, likes and dislikes, political and spiritual beliefs, pets, favorite forms of entertainment, relationships, social engagements, and even...

Musings from Mamatas: Insights from the Work of an Obscure Writer

by Nick Mamatas One thing that is always frustrating about being an unknown writer is the number of famous writers who are called unknown writers by journalists. I’ve read about such obscure figures as Cormac McCarthy, David Goodis, Daniel Woodrell, and John Fante for years, and indeed for years some of these writers (Goodis and Fante) were among my favorites....

11 Books About Women’s Fairytale History

by Margaret Kingsbury In the beginning, women told fairy tales. They told raucous fairy tales, they told subversive fairy tales, they told sexy fairy tales. They told fairy tales to stave off boredom and for the joy of creativity. Yet, in the 19th century, when fairy tales began to be collected and published to popular acclaim, women’s names were often...

Review: Hexis by Charlene Elsby

by Laura Diaz de Arce Reading Hexis is very much like being spun around in a playground carousel. It’s dizzying, but you are emboldened by the wild feeling of it. It may be a bit nauseating, but you’ll ask to do it again. And in the middle of all this, your perception and sense of time becomes questionable.  It’s difficult...