Positioning premiered in its final format in October of 2016 at the Chicago International Film Festival. Watching it that day felt exhilarating. The film felt drastically different two weeks later after the 2016 presidential election.Read More
It is your back that compels
them to gawk, transfixed, as they follow you
flutter away like a ballerina gliding on ice.
Grace doesn’t fall uninvited
from the oaks and red cedars.
There begins the story of my Hijab. My faith-fortifying, identity-defining, confidence-boosting, voice-amplifying, beauty-enhancing Hijab.
That’s control. That’s the future. That’s rage
beneath the shadow—at having to be
the Grown-up. That’s: rage the ground.
The fish I caught
I called rainbows.
I was wrong.
In this photographic series, BORDERLAND, Alia re-examines these demarcated zones as territories of exploration drawing attention to them as transient physical spaces and a contemporary phenomenon from which the body of artwork is presented and the viewer is a participant.Read More
Brian is continually fascinated with the struggles and hard work of the generations who came before him. His ancestors immigrated from Germany in the late 1800s. He reflects on the fact that his grandmother lived in a sod house on the North Dakota prairie. Reflecting on her hard, yet beautiful, life served as part of Brian’s inspiration for the “Farmers Series.” Among the images in the series are many people picking crops and working the farm. These images are often a result of a combination of his personal experience growing up in rural America and inspiration from old photographs he found while searching archives. Whether painting landscapes or flowers or people, ultimately, Brian’s work is about telling stories.Read More
I discovered silence for the first time on our frozen pond in Upstate New York in the winter, when my breath turned into clouds. Twigs snapped in the woods, but under that was a quiet that laced through the spaces between trees. It was a gentle quiet that held everything. I didn’t fully register it then, so focused on the scritch-scritch of my skates as I ankle-skated across the ice.Read More
Stephen Hamilton’s work focuses on the aesthetics, philosophies, and key symbols inherent throughout Africa and the African Diaspora. He strives to create a dialogue between contemporary Black cultures and the ancient African world. He seeks to describe a complex and varied Black aesthetic through a visual comparison of that which is shared amongst Black peoples around the world. These cultural analyses—the aesthetic, philosophical, and symbolic connections—form his visual language. His pieces depict African thought and culture as equal to, yet unique from, its western analogue. His work stands in stark contrast to the pervasive negative associations, which have become synonymous with Black culture.Read More
Basil Kincaid’s quest is to understand the wild tapestry of his own personal identity and cultural identity within the African Diaspora, contextualized by the scaffolding of his American experience. He practices self exploration, historical investigation, and critical social questioning to cultivate healing on a personal and cultural level, towards the remedy of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.Read More
In this issue, our contributors have taught us that in order to engage in the spiritual work of connection and justice with integrity we must be able honestly also to name disconnection, difference, otherness, and power.Read More
“I tied my six children to my body with a rope,” the 37-year-old Syrian mother tells me from her cubicle in Elpida, a refugee center for vulnerable families in Thessaloniki, Greece. “Either we were all going to make it together, or none at all.”Read More
Remember to check in with your heart. It will always tell you that the good is more powerful than any darkness, and that even in times of darkness, your belief in the good will ignite the light of others. One light becomes two, which become millions. It might take a little time, but have faith. With empathy, we have the power to change the world.Read More
In medical school, I never learned that you can take on other people’s emotions or that there was emotional contagion, which is now documented by science. If someone is anxious in the workplace, it can spread like a virus to everybody.Read More
JP’s work gets us out of the ruts of our own thinking and asks us to see ourselves with a fresh eye. By turning things upside down, we get to come back to our true selves and to more peaceful ways of interacting with ourselves and with the world; we get to turn away from striving.Read More
Lewis Mehl-Madrona is a pioneer in teaching about the transformative power of story in healing and in bringing together conventional medicine with Indigenous wisdom.Read More
Once in a turning October orchard of /Castlebrite apricots I stared into one /head-high mottled heart-shaped leaf...Read More
The selected poems are from Mark Nepo’s forthcoming book: The Way Under The Way: The Place of True Meeting (Sounds True), which will be on sale in November 2016.Read More
In dreams it is the mountain toward which I swim. Always the mountain: massy, flat-topped, granite-bricked, iconic. Through streets, past preoccupied indifferent faces, across valleys and oceans—always, in these dreams, I am swimming home. And it is the mountain, a single glimpse of its ineluctable bulk, which reassures me I am close.Read More