Arts & Culture

The Feminist Wire is proud to publish outstanding works by established and emerging artists in our Arts & Culture section. We feature poetry, fiction, memoir, and drama, as well as visual art, film, design, and works that cross generic boundaries. Our Arts & Culture section showcases the works of artists at all stages in their artistic lives. Our “Spotlight” series features innovative work by celebrated writers, poets, and artists; our “Suites” series collects the works of several emerging artists thinking through similar themes. We also publish in several other formats, including genre-bending forms like the lyric essay, and short poems or flash fiction pieces on compelling feminist themes. We invite you to take a look, and submit your work!

Poetry by Fabienne Josaphat and Laila Malik

May 20, 2015
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  POLITICAL SILENCE For Michael Brown   You tell me to keep quiet as we walk past the block where black boys are seated with their hands cuffed behind them, staring hard into the concrete for answers.   You want me to obey because obedience keeps us safe and out of trouble. You say,...
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2 poems by Jaimie Gusman

May 15, 2015
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Swoon   When I pass out I have visions of my soul. My soul is a large blue flicker with white glow.   I pass out two or three times a year. The first time I held my breath before jumping   in the pool – I was ten or eleven years old. When...
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Introducing Nina Sharma

May 12, 2015
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Introducing Nina Sharma

NINA SHARMA is a writer from Edison, New Jersey. Her work has been featured in Teachers & Writers Magazine, Drunken Boat, Certain Circuits Magazine, The Feminist Wire, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, and Ginosko Literary Journal. She recently was awarded a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center and nominated for a Pushcart Prize for...
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3 poems by Eve Kenneally

May 6, 2015
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South   In between, I brush my teeth in a truck stop and remember how to fishtail my hair. Mostly my hands cramp around the steering wheel, strange names echoing behind my eyes. Chilhowie. Jensi feeds me strips of seaweed, wasabi salt stinging my lips. Alhowe. Lauryn Hill croons under my questions about exits...
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3 poems by Tara Betts

April 29, 2015
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When Racism Affecting Black Girls is Ignored   “I was overwhelmed by the thought of having to be a black girl for the rest of my life.” –Khadijah Costley White, The Washington Post   Ignoring more than obvious hands ………….slicing a people in halves, more like eminent domain cutting ………….chopping up a neighborhood to...
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3 poems by Christopher Soto (aka Loma)

April 22, 2015
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crush a pearl (its powder)   the night rory died, he moved the chair, his blonde locks fell & we will never be the same   i moved to the beach, thrusted my hands into the mud broke the jaw of every clam, hoping to find him   his pearly smile, like a broken...
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2 poems by DarkMatter

April 15, 2015
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the bible belt by Alok Vaid-Menon i am back in my hometown when i receive the news that Leelah, a 17 year old trans woman in ohio, committed suicide by walking in front of a truck. the article refers to her by her birth name and gender and i remember that “rest in peace” is...
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Photography Feature: On Beauty and Age

April 8, 2015
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By Sheri Wright What is aged or overlooked can often be a source of beauty, if approached from a different perspective, one from a desire to find stories. I seek out visual tales that lay hidden among rust, abandoned places and the unique. I feel that characters develop only through weathering, that the patina of...
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Two Poems: Monica Wendel

April 1, 2015
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By Monica Wendel   Gilgo Beach   We were so sick from dope my mom had to fly from New York to take care of us in the hotel   one woman was my friend, Shane but the other women had been murdered out on Long Island by some John   years ago  ...
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Prose Poem: Containment Narrative

March 25, 2015
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Prose Poem: Containment Narrative

By Clare Louise Harmon     I dressed blackunderwearredbra I worried that the strap would be seen & then I remembered I didn’t careatall fucktheorchestra and its fuckingdresscode skinnyjeansblackboots and crammed concertblack balledup I walked to the hall wrinkledclothes writhedatthethought of performance unpacked the viola to violentclouds of rosindust slippedpegs & then I remembered...
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