Poetry. Fiction. Literary Nonfiction. Hybrid Genre. Edited by Pallavi Dhawan, Devi S. Laskar, and Tamika Thompson. Winner of a 2019 Foreword INDIES Award for Anthologies. To create this inaugural anthology from artist collective POC United, the editors of GRAFFITI gave the contributors a special challenge: to write in a way that centers neither "whiteness" nor "anti-whiteness" and that is not limited by their struggle, their oppression, or how their characters will be received by the white imagination. The results are joyous and mind-expanding. Through poetry, short stories, and essays, the works in GRAFFITI expose lives that move in unexpected ways, rendering characters who don't fit the cultural tropes we cling to. GRAFFITI shows what writers of color do when they are invited to scribble, scrawl, romanticize, and speculate without being politicized or exoticized.
excerpt from Sarah Labrie's "On Writing" @ Lithubexcerpt from Vickie Vértiz's "Kissed a Girl" @ Longreads