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WELCOME TO ISSUE II. Thank you to all of our contributors, submitters, staff, and readers. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support from this community, and we couldn’t be more thankful to share this issue with you.

These days, a new headline breaks every morning, and though the state of our world may seem an increment brighter than earlier in the year, it is critical to never stop striving for more tangible and dramatic change.

The work in this issue is not only vulnerable and meditative but a radical challenge to our present systems. From Darnell “Deesoul” Carson’s two poems to Bailey Cohen-Vera’s piece “Intervention with Absurdity and Parts of Speech,” this issue chooses to focus equally on both the practical and imaginative work of revolution.

Moving towards the interior, Julia Anna Morrison’s poem “Hospital” offers a glimpse of the pervasive anxiety in everyday familial life, and Lesley Jenike’s essay “Collateral Light” similarly grapples with loss, family history, and cold light.

Finally, we are excited to share the portfolios of the two winners of our 2020 microgrant opportunity: Sneha Subramanian Kanta and Kwan-Ann Tan. For more information on their work as an artist, please visit our features on Sneha and Kwan-Ann.

We hope this note provides you with a tantalizing hint of what is to come, but of course, it is an impossible task to adequately condense the brilliance of our contributors. So, please, sit back, relax, and enjoy ISSUE II.

All our best,

Sarah Lao

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Jessica Lao

Founder & Managing Editor

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