Statement on Equality

June 6, 2020


We believe that there is a significant responsibility in having a voice in the literary landscape. Our journal is committed to giving a platform to the literary work of marginalized people. Given the recent events—the murders of Tony McDade, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery,  Atatiana Jefferson, Markeis McGlockton, Korryn Gaines, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and many many others who have lost their lives from institutionalized racism and police brutality—we want to cement what we continue, and what we will always, stand by.


Insidious anti-protest rhetoric conflates “protest” with “lawlessness” in an attempt to protect systemic racism and a militarized police force at the expense of Black lives. As a journal of free expression, we stand with the protesters and their First Amendment freedoms. We stand with the voices who condemn racial injustices and seek change. We stand by those who vocalize injustices and condemn those who ignore them. We stand with those who challenge systems of oppression and marginalized-focused violence. And we stand with the Black Lives Matter movement.


These deaths have instigated further discourse surrounding police brutality. For anyone who doesn’t understand that this is a pandemic in our nation, we encourage them to read this investigative article from The Washington Post. At least 1,023 people have been shot and killed by police in the past year (as of June 4, 2020), and half of the deaths of people by the police are under-reported by police departments. “Black Americans account for less than 13 percent of the U.S. population, but are killed by police at more than twice the rate of white Americans.” The world is watching us face these injustices, and we must live up to our ideas of freedom, even if it means changing the fundamental laws and systems upon which we have relied. Police reform is a necessary step in moving forward toward equality.


We are also left emotionally wounded by the statements made by the President of the United States. Our leaders, not only limited to government officials, have a responsibility to give justice and equality, under no uncertain terms, to Black lives, and they have failed to do so. We cannot erase the damage done from our lack of leadership, but we can focus on what we can do now as a community to ensure the change we make in the coming weeks permanently creates a safe environment for Black bodies. We urge you to contact your local representatives—to call, e-mail, or write letters—to demand police reform for the benefit of the community.


As a journal that broadcasts near the border, we have a responsibility to provide virtual asylum for the voices of Black and Brown bodies. In the Black Voices Series, Black writers and multi-modal artists discuss their work with editor Naima Yael Tokunow, contextualizing their experience and resistance to white supremacist history and barbarity. In the Voz series, Latinx authors and artists combat institutionalized silence, both in public and private spheres. We refuse to contribute to the systemic racism that has plagued our country. We will not turn a blind eye to these atrocities. Instead, we will share the voices that these injustices have affected and support those very same voices in their endeavors.


To stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and other publications who are lowering their volume of work to listen, to create space, and to honor those who have died, we have decided to postpone all pending publications for the rest of June. Doing so will create more space for Black voices to emerge and share their work, and we want to support that. We will continue to highlight our Black contributors and other Black writers on our social media.


We want to thank our current readers and contributors for your continued support of our journal, and we hope that you all strive to seek some form of justice in support of the protesters.



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Below, you will find a small catalog of recent literature by Black bodies with additional resources after to support marginalized people.



Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker, 2018, Short Story Collection


A Fortune for Your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib, 2019, Poetry


Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, 2018, Short Story Collection


Sky Raining Fists by JK Anowe, 2019, Poetry


The Sellout by Paul Beatty, 2015, Fiction


The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, 2020, Fiction


Owed by Joshua Bennett, 2020, Poetry


The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom, 2019, Non-Fiction


The Tradition by Jericho Brown, 2019, Poetry


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2015, Non-Fiction


When Rap Spoke Straight to God by Erica Dawson, 2018, Poetry


Cardinal by Tyree Daye, 2020, Poetry


Evicted by Matthew Desmond, 2016, Non-Fiction


Fairview by Jackie Siblies Dury, 2019, Play


Lakewood by Megan Giddings, 2020, Fiction


Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles, 2020, Fiction


Nobody by Marc Lamont Hill, 2017, Non-Fiction


henceforce: A Travel Poetic by Kamden Ishmael Hilliard, 2019, Poetry


Any Psalm You Want by Khary Jackson, 2013, Poetry


The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin, 2020, Fiction


Stamped from Beginning by Ibran X. Kendi, 2016, Philosophy


Night Animals by Yusef Komunyakaa, 2020, Poetry


Blue Fasa by Nathaniel Mackey, 2015, Poetry


Blood at the Root by Dominique Morisseau, 2017, Play


A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow, 2020, Fiction


Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi, 2020, Fiction


White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia by Kiki Petrosino, 2020, Poetry


Refuse: Poems by Julian Randall, 2018, Poetry


Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, 2019, Fiction


The Malevolent Volume by Justin Phillip Reed, 2020, Poetry


The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, 2017, Non-Fiction


We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin, 2019, Fiction


Counting Descent by Clint Smith, 2020, Poetry


Homie by Danez Smith, 2020, Poetry


Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith, 2008, Poetry


Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith, 2019, Poetry


Real Life by Brandon Taylor, 2020, Fiction


Heed the Hollow by Malcom Tariq, 2019, Poetry


The Burning House by Anders Walker, 2018, Fiction


Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, 2017, Fiction


The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, 2010, Non-Fiction


The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, 2019, Fiction


Az iZ by Tyrone Williams, 2018, Poetry

Additional Resources:


How to Contact Your Local Representative


El Paso Victims Relief Fund


Your Time Donates Money to the Cause


New Mexico's Racial Justice Czar


Support Black-owned bookstores


COVID-19 Borderland Mutual Assistance Fund


Voices for the Navajo Nation


Poetry of Protest, Resistance, and Empowerment


John Keene's "Translating Poetry, Translating Blackness"


Alternative Media Resource


LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund


Split Bail Fund Donations


National Center for Transgender Equality


La Unión del Pueblo Entero


Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights


Minnesota Freedom Fund


More than 5,400 Children Split at the Border


Women’s Refugee Commission


Kaleidoscope International Trust


The Bail Project


Project Corazón Travel Fund


RAICES - The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services


The Premier Legal Organization Fighting for Racial Justice


Communities Against United Police Brutality


American Civil Liberties Union


Human Rights First


Equal Justice Initiative


U.S. Border Crisis Children’s Relief Fund


Chicago Small Business Relief Fund


The Love Land Foundation : Therapy Fund for Black Women and Girls


Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project


North Star Health Collective


KIND - Kids in Need of Defense


Texas Civil Rights Project






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