Aster(ix) Newsletter #1

 

“Her body was covered with smoke, and I knew her spirit was being lifted…”

In 1961 James Baldwin said, “Artists are here to disturb the peace.” The stories in this timely collection do just that!

Like the best of fiction, they offer a window into the lives of bold and unpredictable women, who are “walking in the dark,” challenging the ways we think about desire, secrets, sexuality, sensuality, magic, healing, friendship, abuse and love. In many ways these bold and vital narratives resist being defined. Editor Angie Cruz invites you to look in and witness the world through these writers.

The Fiction Issue 2013

Edited by Angie Cruz   

Contributors: Oonya Kempadoo, Bushra Rehman, Celeste Prince, Katie Guitierrez, Rachel Masilamani, Shavonne Clarke, Patrica Engel, and Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela.

Read selections from it online, download it as a PDF, or get it in print.


Skin by Bushra Rehman

Skin by Bushra Rehman

“Her body was covered with smoke, and I knew her spirit was being lifted…”

Read online.

Asterisms: Unbound and Noteworthy


Apartheid in the Americas: Are you Haitian?by Myriam J. A. Chancy

Apartheid in the Americas: Are you Haitian?by Myriam J. A. Chancy

“Hanging in the balance are the lives of nearly a quarter of a million Dominicans of Haitian descent–of all ages–who have been rendered stateless by the ruling, in what has been deemed a human rights crisis in the making.”

Read online.


This American Martini by Dawn Lundy Martin

This American Martini by Dawn Lundy Martin

“Careful, my plastic martini whispers in my ear, you don’t want to become a bitter woman. There’s nothing less pretty than a bitter woman. I take another sip, nodding silently. This is not what I meant, I want to tell the martini. This is not the story I want to write. The martini shakes its head, disparagingly.”

Read online.


“What Is the Difference Between Globalization and Neoliberalism?" by Amy Sara Carroll

“What Is the Difference Between Globalization and Neoliberalism?” by Amy Sara Carroll

“The question isn’t as innocent as it sounds. If all of us are imprecated in the cat-and-mouse game of cause and effect, who wouldn’t apprehend the pair—at the bare minimum—as kissing cousins to the twin towers? Sure to go down, in historical terms…”

Read online.

From the Web… 

The Graduates – The Girls

This two-part film explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina students from across the US. This episode features Stephanie, a budding activist on the South Side of Chicago; Chastity, a Bronx teen whose family has become homeless; and Darlene, a Tulsa student who reenters school after having a baby in order to make a good future for her son.

View Online

About Aster(ix)

Aster(ix) Journal is a forum where invited guest editors curate new issues on a theme of their choosing. Each issue will serve as an archived conversation among artists, writers, activists and critics publishing fiction, poetry, nonfiction, criticism, visual art, plays, videos and interviews.