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“When is a Body Not a Body?”: an interview with Rone Shavers
INTERVIEW BY NAYA CLARK
Silverfish, by Rone Shavers is an experimental novel that details a slice of life in the dystopian Incorporated States of America: a country much like our own, but one in which the corporatization of culture results in the commodification of human bodies. The central characters are Angel, a code-switching, artificial intelligence robot, and Clayton, a human “combat associate” whose job is to hunt, kill, and capitalize on “primitives,” those unaccounted-for humans who...
A$AP TyY, one of Harlem’s A$AP Mob members and a Bike Life pioneer, is known for his style and his affinity for gliding around the city on motorcycles, four-wheelers and dirt bikes. As a part of the collective, he has released new music, merch and collaborations this year. The man behind recent releases “100 Rounds,” “Who Ain’t With Me” and “Ting” discusses how his collaborative clothing design, Bike Life and rap lifestyles intersect.
“Bike Life plays a...
5 Questions for the Atlanta Runoff Election Candidates
In the runoff campaign’s final moments, when Southwest and Westside Atlanta residents asked about the top priorities in their communities, the candidates answered
By Canopy Atlanta West End Fellows Brent Brewer, Naya Clark, Ayana Clarke, Adrian Coleman, and Nzingha Hall
How we reported this story: Canopy Atlanta asked more than 100 Bankhead and West End community members about the issues more important to them last year and this summer to produce journalism for last year’s West End Issue and ...
Naya Clark on Kim Chinquee’s SNOWDOG, a Ravenna Press flash fiction collection
At the crux of many people living in the humdrum of isolation and taking in stories quickly through social media, the “queen” of flash fiction Kim Chinquee’s new collection SNOWDOG satisfies taking in the brief and wandering details of everyday life.
“Opportunities for curiosity and generosity”: an interview with Peter Ramos
Naya Clark discusses with Peter Ramos his book Poetic Encounters in the Americas: Remarkable Bridge. In Remarkable Bridge Ramos delves into what goes into poetic translations, referencing poets such as James Wright and César Vallejo; Walt Whitman, Pablo Neruda and Langston Hughes; Luis Palés Matos and William Carlos Williams; Elizabeth Bishop and Octavio Paz, and more.
In this interview, Ramos answers questions regarding how language and place literally and figuratively cross boundaries and c...
Seeing the Mom in Pop: A Conversation with M. I. Devine
M. I. DEVINE IS A multidisciplinary writer, lyricist, and performer. An associate professor of English at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Devine has published widely on an array of topics, his scholarship winning the 2019 Gournay Prize in Creative Nonfiction and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His most recent book, Warhol’s Mother’s Pantry: Art, America, and the Mom in Pop, published in November by Mad Creek Books, delves into the life and work of pop-...
What’s at stake for West End’s art scene?
How the neighborhood’s artists are adapting to the COVID-19 era
A Review of Orange by E. Briskin
(Seattle, WA: Entre Ríos Books, 2020)
Orange, by E. Briskin, is a collection of segmented prose about the death of a grieving narrator’s dog. Along with the jolting theme, the form that Orange takes is just as peculiar. The stream-of-conscious narrative is displayed in numerically disordered blocks of thought, many times in the form of observational one-liners. The nameless narrator’s thoughts are consumed by the memories and consciousness (or lack thereof) of their late canine companion. Des...
Album Review: Curm by Curm Johnson
Curm Johnson is an Atlanta-based musician, who just released his self-titled rap album, Curm. The album cover features the be-spectacled rapper, wearing a brown fleece, and a simple pair of jeans. He looks head on to the viewer as he sits in a skinny, black chair in front of a wall of graffiti positioned behind a flooded, murky, ground,...
Megan Angelo’s Followers: A World Lonely with the Vanity of Social Media
Followers, a novel by Megan Angelo (Graydon House 2020), is a fictional prediction of a world molded by social media culture. Followers revolves around the lives of Orla Cadden, whose dream is to become a literary success, and Floss, an aspiring celebrity influencer. Told in alternating stories, the novel sees Floss and Orla hack societal prestige through digital connections.
Kelly Taylor Mitchell Displays Care for Ritual, History, and Diaspora
Kelly Taylor Mitchell is an artist and educator, using experimental art forms, care, and creativity to preserve and uncover Black diaspora.
We’re All Fighting: A Conversation with Saeed Jones
In the midst of America’s identity reflecting itself through politics and pop culture, Saeed Jones’s new memoir, How We Fight for Our Lives, illustrates an experience of American life that is rarely talked about yet commonly lived. The book focuses the life of a queer Black boy from the South, and how the lack of conversation in America shaped the experiences of his youth, personal development, education, and sexuality into a battle of survival.
Arthur Jafa Uses Video Collaging to Convey the Black Experience
Among Atlanta's High Museum of Art's most diverse audience in history, Jafa compiles video documentation of the complexity of Blackness
José Olivarez' "Citizen Illegal" Illuminates the Experiences and Language behind Migration
Over a year ago I reviewed poet, José Olivarez' "Citizen Illegal", a collection of poetry centralizing the experience of immigration from Mexico to L.A. Have a read!
Truth through Fiction: Talking with Nicole Dennis-Benn
To say that Nicole Dennis-Benn is highly accomplished as a writer is an understatement. Her debut novel, Here Comes the Sun, received titles of best book of the year from the New York Times, NPR, Amazon, and Kirkus Reviews, amongst others. Now, Dennis-Benn is also the writer behind the forthcoming novel, Patsy. Dennis-Benn and I recently discussed her writing process for both Patsy and Here Comes the Sun, as well as issues of motherhood, religion and the Church, immigration, and craft.