“on my back,” a poem written by Sheri Lynn, is based on and dedicated to the Women’s March for Reproductive Rights that took place on October 2, 2021.
Born into a Tamil, Catholic family, poet Divya Victor spent her childhood in India, her teen years in Singapore, and now lives and works in the United States. Her latest poetry collection, ‘Curb,’ is an unflinching exploration of the inequities that the South Asian community face in the United States.
In conversation with Ms., Shin Yu Pai explores the intersections between her identities as an artist, mother, and Taiwanese American.
“My different identities have led me towards pushing my work into different directions allowing me to be as expansive as I wish to be in my humanity and my wholeness as a person.”
American photographer Jeanette Spicer is the co-editor and co-founder of WMN, a lesbian publication of art and poetry based in Queens, N.Y. WMN provides a platform for marginalized lesbian-identifying artists to have their work seen and heard.
“We really felt like there’s a lack of lesbian visibility in all aspects of the world—the art world, the sports world, and even in the LGBTQ+ spectrum,” Spicer told Ms.
How does a living lesbian dress? How do we make conventional, traditional garments into our own looks? How do we send signals to other lesbians?
Caroline Earleywine, author of Lesbian Fashion Struggles and Mary Meriam, author of My Girl’s Green Jacket, sewed a cento with excerpts from their books, interwoven with excerpts from other poets.
Ladan Osman’s lines tend to levitate from the page and embed themselves into your heart and consciousness. Nearly every poem in her collections point to generations of women whose full humanity has been questioned or exploited, their power underestimated.
Some of the most exciting and necessary poetry collections published late last year and forthcoming throughout 2021 that will leave you at a loss for words
Ms. writer Shanta Lee Gander recently talked with Diana Whitney about the ways her poetry anthology “You Don’t Have to Be Everything” encourages non-binary, trans and cis-gendered girls to bravely and boldly be themselves.
“Poetry is having a moment right now, and I hope it’s not just a moment. We turn to poetry in times of emotional need, and in times of collective crisis.”
“I think taking girls’ lives and stories and experiences seriously is a feminist act,” feminist writer Marisa Crawford told Ms.
Amanda Gorman is “exceptional”—but she shouldn’t be. While it may give us hope to elevate one impressive woman to take the stage and applaud ourselves in the name of progress, let’s get to the business of examining our own biases and systems that make us surprised that a young Black woman would excel.