For our next issue, we want to do something a little different. Unlike our previous twelve issues, this one will be published online piece by piece as we receive submissions.

The current political climate in the United States is, well, difficult. A man who promotes racism, sexism, homophobia, & xenophobia was just elected president. The rights of indigenous people are under attack by oil companies. Violence against minority groups is on the rise.

We want to provide a space for people to publish creative work that responds to the current events cycle. You might be saying wait, that one journal has been doing this for a couple of years. You're right—this idea isn't something new & revolutionary. But one of our goals in putting together this issue is to provide a space where strong work that resists the status quo can exist. We aren't looking to create an issue that represents all sides. We aren't the home for your poem about how much you admire Donald Trump. We aren't interested in an essay that reinforces white supremacy or upholds the male gaze.

We also don't want to restrict this to Trump or to America. We want writing—poems, essays, stories, translations—that engages with any major issues in the world. We want to root out oppression & give voice to the oppressed. We want to provide a place where the valuable voices of the future can exist, can critique.

We'll be open for these submissions for as long as there is a need for them. Submissions already sent to us will be held over for a future issue.

With love, anger, and strength--
Banango