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ArtsEverywhere publishes in many forms: essays, roundtables, editorials, reviews, prose & poetry, transmedia, and dispatches.

Creative Nonfiction

The Cold Mountains: Photographs of the Nuosu in Southern Sichuan

Suzy Xu Shuang, Xichang, Sichuan Province, People's Republic of China 

Ancient Legends For the past ten years, I have been photographing the Nuosu (or Yi) ethnic minority, who reside mostly in Lishangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, known as the “Cold Mountains,” in southern Sichuan province in southwestern China. For thousands of...

Marginal Equity:
Poetry Reading on Indigenous Cultural Self-Determination

Kade L. Twist, Los Angeles, United States 

In this video clip, author and artist Kade Twist introduces his book Marginal Equity and reads the first section, “project abstract.” Marginal Equity is a book-length poem that parodies the form of a corporate/governmental prospectus—complete with opportunity statement, deliverables, and...

Twins of Diyakunda

Coumba TourĂ©, Dakar, Senegal 
Inse Armah, Popenguine, Senegal 

Once upon a time, there were two twin boys. One was named Manu and the other Guju. Together, they decided to go to Diyakunda, the Happiness Land. They had heard it said that Diyakunda was the most beautiful place in...

Colten Boushie

Taqralik Partridge, Kuujjuaq, Nunavik / Kautokeino, Norway 

Editor’s Note: Colten Boushie was a 22-year-old Indigenous man from Red Pheasant Cree Nation, Treaty Six Territory, in the place we now call Canada. On August 9, 2016, Colten was shot in the back of the head and killed by...

Dispatches

Harbor Blues, Salina Cruz

Justin Kiersky, Denver, United States 

“I remember the city before the refinery,” says Rafael Mayoral, a middle-aged professor and self-described activist in defense of the land. He is tall, broad-chested with a shock of salt-and-pepper hair that blows wildly in the violent Tehuano winds. “It...

Lapiztola + Chiquitraca: Collective Crises

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

In May of 2006, Rosario Martinez and Roberto Vega were fresh out of design school when the annual teachers union strike took on a sinister character as an explosive social movement of street protests turned into an seven-month war between...

A Brief History of Mexico’s Transoceanic Trade Route

Justin Kiersky, Denver, United States 

“The mind is bewildered with the difficulty of embracing in one comprehensive view the astonishing consequences that would result from a communication between the two oceans, by means of which ships sailing from Europe will save two thousand leagues, and...

“No Maize Es No Pais”: Accounting as Artistic Practice

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

“Why is Mexico hinging its future on a neoliberal economic model when it’s failing everywhere in the world?” asks Edith Morales, a conceptual artist from Oaxaca whose work draws paradoxically from her Mixe roots and her background in accounting. Her...

Entanglements

High Tide: Reflections on Music, Isolation & Catharsis 

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

*Paintings & Text by Sidd Joag Several weeks before the pandemic began in earnest was the last time I would sit across the table from a woman I had been seeing for a time, more off than on. I often...

Stones stand in for the words: thoughts on a polity of literature

Shawn Van Sluys, Guelph, Canada 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

Books cited: Karen Solie, The Caiplie Caves, House of Anansi Press, 2019 Jan Zwicky, Lyric Philosophy, Gaspereau Press, 2009 With reference to ArtsEverywhere series, Polity of Literature, edited by Matthew Stadler 2020 has been a bumper year for readers. Without...

Protecting the forest is a responsibility of all of humanity

Dino Siwek,  
Maria Clara Parente, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

A conversation with Chief Ninawá Huni Kui about the Amazon Forest, Indigenous peoples in Brazil, and sacred beings Written by Dino Siwek and Maria Clara Parente Photos by Benício Pitaguary This article was written with the support of the Guerrilla...

On This Day in History

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

On November 3, 1982, a 28-year-old mother gives birth to her second child in a hospital in Ahmedabad. Her 35-year-old husband ambitiously names him Siddhartha. His six-year-old sister swears to protect her baby brother. Up Where We Belong by Jennifer Warnes...

Essays

When Writing is Neither Solitary nor Apolitical

Committee to Protect Jounalists, New York City, United States 

Here is this week’s addendum to the Polity of Literature series: Because writers often compose their sentences in the relative calm and isolation of home or office, some people assume that writing is a solitary, apolitical activity. To give context...

Protecting the forest is a responsibility of all of humanity

Dino Siwek,  
Maria Clara Parente, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

A conversation with Chief Ninawá Huni Kui about the Amazon Forest, Indigenous peoples in Brazil, and sacred beings Written by Dino Siwek and Maria Clara Parente Photos by Benício Pitaguary This article was written with the support of the Guerrilla...

“Cooperation is built from the ground up…” at Leeszaal Rotterdam West

Maurice Specht, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The nineteenth piece in our Polity of Literature series: In 2012, when the Dutch city of Rotterdam closed eighteen of its twenty-four library branches, one neighbourhood responded by making its own leeszaal (or “reading room”). They organized a pop-up version...

Plaza Girls — a diary

Chloe Ruthven, London, UK 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

Addendum to the fourteenth piece in our Polity of Literature series: In 2018, British writer and film-maker Chloe Ruthven traveled to the Moria Refugee Camp and then to Athens, where she taught English to refugees. While in Athens, she worked...

Roundtables

Translation

Elwood Jimmy, Toronto, Canada 
Gloria Swain, Toronto, Canada 
Carmen Papalia, Vancouver, Canada 
Vanessa Dion Fletcher,  
Sky Stonefish,  
Jenelle Rouse, London/Toronto, Canada 
Alex Bulmer,  
Taeyoon Choi, New York, USA / Seoul, South Korea 
Eliza Chandler, Toronto, Canada 

1986: An Elegy for Our Coldest War

Michael Roberson, New York City, United States 
Robert Sember, New York City, United States 
Nikki Powerhouse, Philadelphia, United States 
Gio Exavier, New York, United States 
Enmanuel Candelario, New York, United States 
Brad Walrond, New York, United States 

Flourishing

Aislinn Thomas, Kitchener, Canada 
Maanii Oakes, Toronto, Canada 
Max Ferguson, Toronto, Canada 
Laura Burke, Halifax, Canada 
Salima Punjani, MontrĂ©al, Canada 
Yousef Abdullah Kadoura, Toronto, Canada 
Peter Owusu-Ansah, Toronto, Canada 

(Non)Artistic Practices

Maja Hodošček, Celje, Slovenia 
Iva KovaÄŤ, Rijeka, Croatia 
Ivana HanaÄŤek, Zagreb, Croatia 
Ana Kutleša, Zagreb, Croatia 
KURS, Belgrade, Serbia 
Sherif Rushdy, Rijeka, Croatia