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What do women of color know about poetry?

In Poetry by Lara WittLeave a Comment

During a semester of my last year of high school our syllabus covered poetry. We were assigned Thomas Hardy, William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, Oscar Wilde and Alexander Pope. These writers had three things in common: they were all dead, they were all male and they were all white. I…

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The People You Bring With You: A Conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith

In Culture, Literature by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib1 Comment

I have, for years now, watched Mychal Denzel Smith navigate often difficult topics with surgical precision. His approach to how we wrestle with black masculinity while also fighting for women’s rights, and the rights of people of color in queer and trans communities has always pushed me forward in my journey as both a writer and someone aiming…

Announcing the Seven Scribes Fiction Call!

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We are pleased to announce our inaugural fiction call! We are selecting ten short fiction works for publishing in our very first Seven Scribes print edition. The theme of this collection is Beyond Ourselves. How you wish to interpret that is up to you. We're flexible like that. We're also pleased to announce Kiese Laymon and Daniel José…

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This Year in Color: 2015 Seven Scribes Reading List

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So, end-of-year content sucks. Really. For every one album from February that an article reminds you was really good you get three or so recycled “Best Memes of 2015” or lists of hashtags that were popular but not all that cool anyways, and writers really struggle to remember stuff past October or so. But we…

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The Worlds on Wheels: A Narrative Essay

In Literature by fivefifths1 Comment

The autumn chill creeps into the blue-grey morning air as the season announces its presence. This world, at least, is a series of blocks and corridors, number streets and state avenues that loosely circumscribe a community of mostly black and brown families across town from new Camelot. It is a synergy of corner stores and…

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Between the Words and Me: Reading Coates and Lee

In Literature by fivefifths1 Comment

The specter of segregation lay over my adolescence like so many white sheets. Rocky Mount, NC, a place for which my love is only rivaled by my antipathy, a country enclave of temporal stillness, a place still racked by the death throes of the Confederacy, the place where I learned both what it meant to…