Ocean Macrame

Artist Statement: I try to capture moments of transition, knowing that such moments often occur in stillness.

Digital Photography, North Island (California), December 2015

JIM ROSS jumped into creative pursuits in 2015 after a rewarding career in public health research. With a graduate degree from Howard University, in seven years he’s published nonfiction, fiction, poetry, photography, and hybrid in over 175 journals and anthologies on five continents. Photo publications include Bombay Gin, Burningword, Camas, Columbia Journal, Feral, Friends Journal, Manchester Review, Stonecoast, and Typehouse. Recently-published photo essays include Barren, DASH, Kestrel, Ilanot Review, Litro, New World Writing, Sweet, So It Goes, and Wordpeace, with Typehouse forthcoming. Jim and his wife—parents of two health professionals and grandparents of five little ones—split their time between city and mountains.


Artist Statement: The ability of humankind and nature to co-exist is a critical question for our time. This piece speaks to that issue and ecological concern but demonstrating that “man and nature” are interwoven, and that they can and should coexist.

Digital Art, 2021

LAUREN BARTEL is an award-winning writer, artist, and historian. Her literary work, essays, artwork, and photography have won numerous national and regional awards and have appeared in several literary magazines, academic journals, and podcasts. Her independent work in history won the national academic and research prize presented by the Nobel family, and her groundbreaking biology research regarding rare orchid propagation is pending publication in a scientific journal. Lauren’s life passions include the natural sciences, creative arts, and natural history. A change-maker, servant leader, and citizen naturalist, she studies and conducts lab and field research in genetics, zoology, and botany and volunteers her time to environmental and conservation causes as well as child literacy and education. For her volunteer work, Lauren has twice been the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award and has won the Congressional Award Silver Medal (the highest honor Congress can bestow on a youth civilian). A Miami native of Latinx and Italian heritage, Lauren will be an incoming freshman at Harvard College in the fall of 2022.

Wonderland (Other Seasons)

EDWARD LEE is an artist and writer from Ireland. His paintings and photography have been exhibited widely, while his poetry, short stories, non-fiction have been published in magazines in Ireland, England and America, including The Stinging Fly, Skylight 47, Acumen and Smiths Knoll. He is currently working on two photography collections: ‘Lying Down With The Dead’ and ‘There Is A Beauty In Broken Things.’ He also makes musical noise under the names Ayahuasca Collective, Orson Carroll, Lego Figures Fighting, and Pale Blond Boy. His blog/website can be found at https://edwardmlee.wordpress.com

Two Pieces

Artist Statement

Afloat on Antithesis is a take on representing the struggles of existing in our patriarchal societies (its not specific to women or those who identify as women, but we are more often the targets patriarchy). It describes that no matter what scars we carry, no matter if our hearts and minds and bodies are breaking into pieces, the world expects us to always be impeccable.

When I Met Emerson on the Other Side is psychedelic art, an effort to present a surreal dreamlike space inspired by various philosophies such as transcendentalism and bits of communism, feminism etc.

SHARON GAYEN, is a corporate drone by the day and an artist by the night. She is based out of Hyderabad and takes a keen interest in Pointillism, Kirie, Psychedelic, Doodling and has recently ventured into cyberpunk inspired art. She works with a variety of medium ranging from watercolors to charcoal, her favorite medium being ink on paper. Having spent a lot of her life by the sea, she draws inspiration from crashing waves and crustaceans. She loves translating her favorite pieces of literature into art. She is also fascinated by circles, triangles and trapezoids, often incorporating them into her work.

Telling Mirrors hanging on Portraits

Artist Statement

Being a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, I find orphan boys— popularly referred to as Almajiris— roam the streets with plastic bowls seeking alms. It is a sight that always leaves me overwhelmed the extent to which empathy allows me. It is no news that Africa still struggles with hunger, malnutrition, child labour, disease, and many other ills that greatly affects the survival of its teeming young.

            It might interest you to know that this photo is— in some way— a self portrait. It is true that I have come to see the bodies of black boys as canvases on which to paint my current state of mind/reality, and also to share memories of my gloomy past. There’s the experiences of struggles with depression, misery, lack, neglect, pressure, hopelessness, and many more striking themes replete in my works.

            Below, you’ll find an image that is telling. Visual art that is pregnant with feeling, emotions. You’ll hear whispers that invite you to a sacred fellowship of experiences, as far as empathy allows you. This captures my heart cry for Africa/humanity to consider her own, & it is also subtle protest against societal norms that are unfair, unjust, & brutal. It gives voice, especially, to the boy child, who— in this part of the world— is being subjected into so much hardship only fair to a beast-of-burden.

‘Telling Mirrors hanging on Portraits,’ Digital Art, 2020

MARTINS DEEP is a Nigerian poet & photographer. He is passionate about documenting muffled stories of the African experience in his poetry & visual art. Writing from Kaduna, or whichever place he finds himself, the acrylic of inspiration that spills from his innermost being tends to paint various depictions of humanity/life in his environment. His creative works have appeared, or are forthcoming in Barren Magazine, Chestnut Review, Mineral Lit Mag, Agbowó Magazine, Writers Space Africa, Dream Glow, Suburban Review, Variant Literature, & elsewhere. He is also the brain behind Shotstoryz Photography and can be reached via Twitter: @martinsdeep1

Double Vision

Artist Statement

The overlapping segments and perspectives in this self-portrait depict the complexities of my identity; I cannot be summed up in a single phrase or idea, but am instead a multifaceted work in progress.

‘Double Vision,’ Digital Illustration, 2020

CARLY CHAN is an artist and designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work often revolves around her experiences and the cultures around her, culminating in art that seeks to express perspectives and aid local communities. Carly has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, Anthropologie, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Some of her other work can be found online at carlychan.com.

Two Pieces

Artist Statement

What humans create can never touch the quintessential beauty that we aspire to reach. As an artist, I am always searching for something.

JESSICA MA is a rising senior at Carlmont High School in California. She has studied art for eight years, with a focus in acrylics and color to depict the surreal world that she observes. She wants her art to shock and provoke people into reconsidering their relationship with themselves and the world. She is also an avid photographer and loves to capture friends and family in their daily activities. When she can, she overindulges in mango ice cream and writes short stories.