|Dear Aster(ix) readers,
We are excited to present Best of Kweli! In the spirit of content spilling from one journal to another, Aster(ix) Editor Angie Cruz has spent the past six months working with University of Pittsburgh MFA students to cull through seven years of work published in Kweli Journal. Together they selected twenty pieces to feature in a compilation that highlights the important work Kweli is doing.
This print anthology celebrates the editorial work by Kweli Journal Editor Laura Pegram and her dedication to helping writers of color. Along with many other amazing prose and poetry writers, the issue features “Ain’t That Good News” by Brit Bennett, an annotated bibliography overviewing “the intellectual Macdaddy,” by Nelly Rosario, and an excerpt from Tiphanie Yanique‘s An Introduction to the Monster. Artist Aracelis Girmay provided the beautiful cover art.
To celebrate the launch of this issue we’ll be hosting a reading in NYC on March 23rd from 6 – 8 pm at the New York Times Conference Center, 620 8th Ave. We’ll have copies of Best of Kweli at the event, but you can preorder now. Seating is limited so please RSVP with an email to: RSVP@kwelijournal.org. Don’t forget to visit our Facebook event page for more details about our readers for the evening.
For those of you in Pittsburgh, we hope you’ll come to our City of Asylum reading March 16th at Alphabet City at 8 pm. Come listen to readings from Patricia Engel, author of The Veins of the Ocean, and Founder/Publisher of Aster(ix) Adriana E. Ramírez, author of Dead Boys. Admission is FREE but you must RSVP here.
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