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S/tick Issue 4.2 is now live!

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2019-05-28
Issue 4.2 Cover Image
New feminist poetry
New feminist prose
New feminist artwork
New feminist photography

Click here to read Issue 4.2 now!

Terrarium Poem

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2019-05-22

excerpt from a poem by Heather Lee Rogers

if the plant is spiky

and lives in a jar

safe from the black thumb

safe from the black cat

if the plant is spiky

can it draw my lost blood

if the plant’s in a jar

can it clean my dead air

Read the rest of Heather’s poem in the upcoming S/tick Issue 4.2!

In the meantime, check out more of Heather’s work at www.heatherleerogerspoetry.com.

Dandelion

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2019-05-17

excerpt from a poem by Jennifer Leider

grimed streetlamps light
pavement plagued with glass
straining—the moon doesn’t come around here
police sirens sing strawberry blueberry

and your hair smells like papaya
youthful energy
in the skulking night gangs
baby-faced boys with jutting chins
hoping guns turn them men
they won’t bother us anyways

this bodega smells like
donkeys and cigarettes and sulfur
we heave ourselves over the fence
to the neighborhood pool
your dad thinks you like boys

Read the rest of Jennifer’s poem in the upcoming S/tick Issue 4.2!

In the meantime, check out Jennifer’s Instagram @followtheleider.

The Amazing Aphra Behn

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2019-05-13

excerpt from a review by Catherine Lee

If, in September 1666, the English King Charles II had acted upon intelligence he received from his secret agent in Holland, Mrs. Aphra Behn, his naval fleet would not have been burned at its moorings far up the Thames  in June 1667 by the Dutch colluding with exiled British dissidents.

But no, the king and his ministers were preoccupied with wining, dining, wenching, and other such expressions of their divine right. As Behn later reported to her biographer, “all the encouragement [I] met with, was to be laughed at by the Minister [I] wrote to, and [my] letter showed by way of a contempt.”

Behn had to borrow money to return to England, as her expense reimbursement cheques never appeared despite repeated desperate entreaties to her royal employers. She reportedly spent time in debtor’s prison as a result of the crown’s negligence.

But Aphra went on to write and produce 17 hit plays. As the author of poetry, translations, and 13 novels, Behn may have a claim to being the first English woman to earn her living by writing.

Find out more about Aphra Behn in the upcoming S/tick Issue 4.2!

And in the meantime, check out Catherine Lee’s multimedia pieces archived on Soundcloud/jazz-cat-lee and VIMEO/jazzovation, as well as her two handmade, signed, limited edition poetry chapbooks augmented with music for sale at Etsy/JazzOvationInn.

Nurture

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2019-05-09

by Elaine Woo

woman lovingly holding the earth with a blanket

Look for more artwork from Elaine Woo in the upcoming S/tick Issue 4.2!

Shelf Life: An exciting new project from don’t die press

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2019-05-07

don’t die press is now accepting books for review.

We want to promote your book, but first, we need books and reviewers!

Click here to find out more, or e-mail gro.sserpeidtnod@rotide .

Wood County News, 1882

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2019-05-06

excerpt by Suzanne Ondrus
from The Death of an Unvirtuous Woman

The incident began Saturday night:
First stab
into her ear,
    that perceived the babies’ colic
and scarlet fever wails.
    A slice from
the side
    of her mouth
out through her
        cheek
    that never was on a pillow
more than five hours.
He thrust
    through and
through
    creating
trenches.
    She screamed,
pounded back.
    With the corn knife, she could do
the corn fast, ten ears in three minutes.

Watch for the rest of the poem, and more from Suzanne Ondrus, in S/tick 4.2, coming your way soon!

In the meantime, visit Suzanne at suzanneondrus.com, and order her book at www.littleredtree.com/suzanne-ondrus! @suzanneondrus

A first peek at S/tick 4.2

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2019-04-30

An excerpt of “The Savior” by Kika Dorsey

You said your hunting was only sacrifice,

to put the red heart of elk on table.

You said your climbing ladders

was a way to hang me

on the red dawn of ambition,

that every father is dead,

every son a climber,

and I said I never chose to live with sacrifice,

and now all I know is loss.


Read the rest of “The Savior” in the upcoming S/tick Issue 4.2, chock-full of feminist creative writing and artwork. And check out more from Kika at her website, kikadorsey.com.

Welcome!

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2019-04-03

don’t die press is live and ready to take some ferociously feminist action in the age of #metoo through art, poetry, prose, and more!

If you’re a S/tick fan, please check out the Fall 2018 issue, and check back soon for snippets of the upcoming Spring 2019 issue! S/tick is a feminist creative writing magazine that has been going strong since 2012 and has now moved to don’t die press. Submit to S/tick now!

don’t die press is also currently seeking full e-chapbook manuscripts of 25-50 pages. Don’t let your ideas die on the page. Your words deserve to be heard!