Tag: Personal Essay

Windy Gap Road

Windy Gap Road

Joanna Welborn

This photo essay explores deafness, sound, language, and land through the author's personal story of five generations of deafness in her family. Due to their geographic isolation in the mountains of western North Carolina in the 1800s, her family members developed their own sign language to communicate between hearing and Deaf family members.

hula hoop around your heart

hula hoop around your heart

Alexis Pauline Gumbs
The House Beautiful, or the House Good Enough

The House Beautiful, or the House Good Enough

Julia Ridley Smith, illustrations by Kristen Solecki
Stand Strong, Stand Long

Stand Strong, Stand Long

Loretta Pierre
Incarceration Is Spiritual Death

Incarceration Is Spiritual Death

Antoine M. Lipscomb
Texas Prisons

Texas Prisons

Britney Gulley
The System I Imagine

The System I Imagine

Antonio Rosa
Locked in Dark Calm

Locked in Dark Calm

Tameca Cole
Until There Is Victory

Until There Is Victory

T. Dionne Bailey and Garrett Felber
The Singing Man

The Singing Man

Sarah Bryan
Try Waxing Your Ashtrays

Try Waxing Your Ashtrays

Katherine Proctor, with illustrations by Kristen Solecki

Resolutions for 2020...and 2021.

“That Which We Are Still Learning to Name”

“That Which We Are Still Learning to Name”

by Jessica Lynne

This essay compares two photographs that depict two pairs of Black women. The first image is undated with subjects not identified; the second image features the late artist/architect Amaza Lee Meredith and her partner, the late educator Dr. Edna Meade Colson. As part of a reflection on travel, love, and intimacy, each photograph serves as a conduit for reckoning with the complexity of a Black southern female subjectivity, one in which queer romance and desire might be centered. Both images prompt reflection on lives lived, in some ways, beyond the legibility of normative expectations.