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Art by Malgas Mashego

Malgas Mashego is a 29-year-old mix-media female artist currently residing in Gauteng, South Africa. She predominantly use various water media paints, edible products, textiles materials and other matters when painting. She obtained training from SewAfrica in the Johannesburg Cbd with Fashion Design and Pattern Cutting,  Centre for Conveyancing Practice in Pretoria with a Basic Diploma In Conveyancing Practice, Law Society of South Africa with some Legal Secretary courses. Mashego  is currently working towards completion of a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) Early Childhood Education with the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Art by Malgas Mashego

Loneliness

Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Sirs & Madams, The Gods Are Dead, Marys of the Sea, Sexting Ghosts,  Xenos, No(body) (forthcoming, Madhouse Press, 2019), and is the editor of A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault. They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is the founder of Yes Poetry and the senior managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine. Some of their writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Them, Brooklyn Magazine, BUST, and elsewhere. Joanna also leads workshops at Brooklyn Poets. joannavalente.com / Twitter: @joannasaid / IG: joannacvalente / FB: joannacvalente

Bunkong Tuon is the author of Gruel (2015) and And So I Was Blessed (2017), both poetry collections published by NYQ Books, and a regular contributor to Cultural Weekly. He is also an associate professor of English and Asian Studies at Union College, in Schenectady, NY.

Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick: February 2019 Poet of the Month

Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick's work has appeared in Salt Hill, Stirring, Versal, The Texas Observer, Devil's Lake, Four Way Review, among others. She is listed as a contributor of both poetry and prose in A Shadow Map: An Anthology of Survivors of Sexual Assault published by Civil Coping Mechanisms. She has chapbooks out with Thrush Press and Mouthfeel Press. Hardwick serves as the poetry editor for The Boiler Journal and her first full-length, Before Isadore, was recently published by Sundress Publications.

Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick: February 2019 Poet of the Month

The Storm

DEAD TONGUE is an art and poetry collaboration between writer Bunkong Tuon and YP editor-in-chief Joanna C. Valente. Tuon wrote 11 poems which will all be illustrated by Valente and eventually compiled into a chapbook available through YP. Below is our eighth installment.

The Storm

The #SURVIVOR Photo Series Explores What It Looks Like to Survive Trauma

Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Sirs & Madams, The Gods Are Dead, Marys of the Sea, Sexting Ghosts, Xenos, No(body) (forthcoming, Madhouse Press, 2019), and is the editor of A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault. They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is the founder of Yes Poetry and the senior managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine. Some of their writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Them, Brooklyn Magazine, BUST, and elsewhere. Joanna also leads workshops at Brooklyn Poets. joannavalente.com / Twitter: @joannasaid / IG: joannacvalente / FB: joannacvalente


The #SURVIVOR Photo Series Explores What It Looks Like to Survive Trauma

Gruel

DEAD TONGUE is an art and poetry collaboration between writer Bunkong Tuon and YP editor-in-chief Joanna C. Valente. Tuon wrote 11 poems which will all be illustrated by Valente and eventually compiled into a chapbook available through YP. Below is our seventh installment.

Here's What Resonated With You in 2018

While we don't believe in best of lists, we went through our content over the past year and saw what resonated most with you, our readers, across our different genres and sections. Here's what you loved:

Here's What Resonated With You in 2018

Mooring

DEAD TONGUE is an art and poetry collaboration between writer Bunkong Tuon and YP editor-in-chief Joanna C. Valente. Tuon wrote 11 poems which will all be illustrated by Valente and eventually compiled into a chapbook available through YP. Below is our fourth installment.

Mooring

Visual Poetry by Natalie Solmer

Natalie Solmer grew up in South Bend, Indiana. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Indianapolis Review. After 13 years of working as a grocery store florist, she now teaches composition and writing in various institutions all over Indianapolis. Her work has been published in journals such as Willow Springs, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Cimarron Review, MidWest Review and forthcoming from North American Review. More of her work can be found at www.nataliesolmer.com.


Visual Poetry by Natalie Solmer

Viktorsha Uliyanova: A World in Black & White

Viktorsha Uliyanova is a Russian artist and writer focusing primarily on documentary and portraiture. Her work examines post-Soviet world, isolationism, and the interpersonal complexities between the East and the West. Uliyanova's photographs rely upon unstructured spontaneity thus capturing the fragility of time and real nature of her subjects. Drawing from her background in poetry,the images are often presented as visual narratives and explore the unnoticed fleeting moments. Uliyanova lives and works in New York City. 

Viktorsha Uliyanova: A World in Black & White

Kristine Esser Slentz: Accuse You

KRISTINE ESSER SLENTZ is originally from northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area, or what’s lovingly called “The Region.”  Kristine is a Purdue University alum who studied English literature and creative writing. After college, she began working in the digital marketing field to marry her experience in both writing and advertising. She started in search engine optimization (SEO) and soon transitioned into content marketing. During this time, she also wrote pieces for publications like HuffPostPattern, and NUVO. Currently, Kristine is earning her MFA in creative writing (poetry) at City College of New York. She is also the Assistant Editor for the online poetry publication Unfold Magazine, and the Features Manager for the poet's community The Harbor through The Speakeasy Project. Her poetry has appeared in Bold City Literary MagazineThe New Southern Fugitives, and then Flying Island Journal where she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


Kristine Esser Slentz: Accuse You

Cooper Wilhelm: Spell Poems

Cooper Wilhelm is the author of three collections of poetry: A full-length collection called DUMBHEART/STUPIDFACE (Siren Songs / 2017); a microchapbook about raising the dead, Walt Whitman, and Breakups called Klaatu Verata Nikto (Ghost City Press / 2016); and a chapbook of poems about pigs called Swine Song (Business Bear Press / 2018). More at CooperWilhelm.com and @CooperWilhelm on twitter.


Cooper Wilhelm: Spell Poems

Roosevelt Island Man

Ted Chevalier lives in Brooklyn, New York. He currently works as a Senior Multimedia Designer at Sales Graphics, where he manages projects for companies such as A&E Networks, Western Union and Disney. He received his BFA in graphic design at School of Visual Arts, with a minor in motion graphics. Ted is also the Web Editor and Digital Designer for Yes, Poetry. He often freelances design and illustration projects, having worked for musicians such as The Slackers and 100dBs.

Roosevelt Island Man

Richelle Kota: I Have Survived, Too

Richelle Kota (she/they) is a writer, nature enthusiast, and a student living in Philadelphia. In 2017 she released her first self-published work, Where There Were Roses: A Memoir Through Poems. Her work has been published by Peach Mag, Cordella Magazine, Visual Verse, and Recenter Press. She aspires to live a very simple life on a farm with many pigs, goats, and dogs.

You can follow her on Instagram @tiniestdad

Richelle Kota: I Have Survived, Too

Abigail Welhouse: Whispers for Your Safety

Abigail Welhouse is the author of Bad Baby (dancing girl press), Too Many Humans of New York (Bottlecap Press), and Memento Mori (a poem/comic collaboration with Evan Johnston). Her writing has been published in The Toast, The Billfold, Ghost Ocean Magazine, the Heavy Feather Review, and elsewhere. Subscribe to her Secret Poems at tinyletter.com/welhouse

Abigail Welhouse: Whispers for Your Safety

Here's What Resonated With You in 2017

While we don't believe in best of lists, we went through our content over the past year and saw what resonated most with you, our readers, across our different genres and sections. Here's what you loved:

Here's What Resonated With You in 2017

What ‘Lady Bird’ Got Wrong — And What It Got Right

In a movie about growing up, you can expect a lot of pains. You can expect those silent traumas to happen without the main character fully realizing how a seemingly ordinary moment, like a slapdash comment from your mom about weight or losing your virginity to someone whose indifference is truly neglect. When you watch any movie about growing up, you know it’s going to be uncomfortable – which Lady Bird was, even while it made you laugh.

What ‘Lady Bird’ Got Wrong — And What It Got Right