A magazine of LIT + ART.
She gon talk about your skin. And your forehead. Fat girls, they know to go for what’s obvious, round, shining like a bulb of refrigerator light. She’s coming for you like she do for that last slice of cake sitting there at midnight when the house is pregnant with slumber and sweat—say that.
I’ve cleaved close to my lover in all the traditional ways: expensive rings, notarized certificates, pets, shared ER visits, piles of inside jokes.
Mike never believed I could do this. He didn’t believe his mother would like me, he didn’t believe fried okra could be appetizing, and he didn’t believe I could invent a teleportation device.
It’s the day before couple’s therapy and I need a haircut. The first haircut I want is one that will make me taller. I want a haircut that makes me look rich, but not entitled.
California native, Christopher Williams is currently earning his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, a promise he made to his father, who passed away two years ago. His overwhelming sense of chromatics and culture have become the foundation to his painting practice. With a combination of oils, watercolor, and graphite, Williams creates bold portraits, in which each of the subjects is emboldened with a fierce strength.
Cindy Suen is an illustrator, animator, and GIF magician. Originally from Hong Kong, Suen now resides in New York. She spends her days creating fantastic GIFs that incorporate her love of cats, technology, color, and food. One of Suen's first animations was her own logo! While she changes her mind on the details, this personal creative endeavor reflects her zany, colorful process.
Cristina Daura is a pearl. She finds inspiration in her favorite comics and challenges herself by sticking to specific color palettes. Her twisted narratives, such as taking LSD or riding one's nanny like a horse, create charmingly unique comics specific to her boundless imagination.
Mexico's own Violeta Venganza began drawing at three years old, or at least that's what her mother told her. These strikingly feminine images burst forth from Venganza's love of fashion, the '70s, and everyday situations. Venganza now spends her days in a balancing act. She works illustrating, drawing, and sewing clothes, while also eating, drinking, and watching movies.
Camille Chew enjoys elements of mythology, the occult, fantasy, and fashion. Chew's boldly blend the ancients with a bold street style for each of her characters. Sheexperiments with mixed media, printing, and illustration. Fashionably dressed witches and glowing elements of the occult—this Alfred University grad is making a name for herself. With distinct color palettes and the use of patterns, each of Chew's pieces are so striking and detailed.
When you’re here, you should check your idea of reading as a status symbol at the door and enjoy yourself. We prefer art that keeps it simple while packing a punch, and we think art and culture is best enjoyed with enthusiasm that hasn’t been dipped in ten-dollar words.
Our online magazine isn’t our print mag’s subordinate—it’s a living, breathing publication that’s accessible to anyone (with internet access) at any time at no cost. And by pairing all of our writing with art, we’re not just making our website pretty—we’re making reading more approachable on the whole.
The world’s full of misfits channeling their creativity in ways that give gatekeepers nightmares. Much as we’d like to tilt our heads toward the slush pile and default to the excuse of “we work with what we’re given,” that’s complacent, and complacency is uncool.