Tender a literary anthology and book of spells: evidence
This collection of poetry, prose and art by 19 Black womxn and femmes in Pittsburgh grew out of a longing for connection and comfort in a city and a world that is not always tender toward them. The book is a balm they made for themselves. The book is co-edited by vanessa german and Deesha Philyaw.
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For the LOVE...Vol. 2
"for the LOVE...Vol. 2," picks up where "for the LOVE, Short Stories and Poems, Vol. 1," leaves off. There are three elements to the book—blogs, poetry and photographs. All three creatively combine to tell a story, lift spirits, provide guidance and give hope. "for the LOVE...Vol. 2" is a light and if one person is touched, that light continues to shine.
For the Love, Short Stories and Poems, Vol. 1
"for the Love, Short Stories and Poems, Vol. 1" by Jennifer N. Shannon is a collection of short stories and poems which explore love, spirituality, fear, and more. Whether story or poem, each has engaging characters, considers life through multiple lenses, and captures the essence of love, simply by writing in truth.
Set in a small South Carolina town in the 1970's, Silent Teardrops follows four members of one family as the connections between them are tested by a difficult present and a haunted past. Adultery, drug abuse, lies, and deceit threaten and challenge them all. Each finds that ultimately the battle will be fought within.
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Keepsake was featured as part of the Common Threads: Faith, Activism and The Art of Healing exhibit. The art, poetry and expressions related to this topic brought together various faiths, shared common experiences, and shed light and love into what seems to be a hate-filled world. The exhibit—including Keepsake—was on display at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh in October of 2018.
"Last night everything changed between us. We laid in the bed, backs facing one another, thinking through the gravity of what was said hours before, the statement laying between us, wedging our bodies into different directions . . ." Read the full story.
"By the time I got there, the church was full. I had never seen it this crowded. Even when we’d have the annual Christmas play, which was the highlight of the year, maybe 60 would show up, but this summer morning, each brown matte pew was jam-packed with people from all over town . . ." Read the full story or listen to it below.
"When they pulled into the driveway of the all-brick home, Jay didn’t flinch. He sat dazed by nothing but the structure before him–almost startled by how familiar things felt. The memories swarmed within him even though years had passed. He gripped the steering wheel . . ." Read the full story.