Posts tagged Kanika Lawton
Announcing our Nominees for Best of the Net 2019

Each year we nominate some of the outstanding work we’ve published for major literary awards and anthologies, such as Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net. For Best of the Net 2019, we have nominated work that changes how we understand love, grief, hope, forgiveness, pride, and longing—language is such a powerful tool, and these nominees use it to reshape how we can better know ourselves, each other, and the world we share between us.

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An Interview with The Brown Orient's Founder Elizabeth Ruth Deyro

Editor-In-Chief Kanika Lawton had the opportunity to speak with The Brown Orient’s founder Elizabeth Ruth Deyro on TBO’s beginnings, future endeavours, and the importance of providing spaces for marginalized voices. As two creatives whose identities converged along the lines of what it means to be Brown Asian women, Kanika and Elizabeth spoke at length about the problematics of an all-encompassing “Asian” identity that ignores West, South, and Southeast Asian identities, navigating what it means to be represented in publishing and beyond, and how to push allyship towards creating an equitable space within our online literary communities.

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Announcing our Nominees for the 2019 Pushcart Prize

We are extremely pleased to announce, for the second year in a row, our nominees for the 2019 Pushcart Prize. The selection process this year, like last year, was long and difficult, if only because we believe so wholeheartedly in the strength, craftsmanship, and lasting impact of every piece of writing we’ve published since our conception, but we do want to give these nominees our utmost congratulations, and best of luck in the nomination process!

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Announcing the Overture to Memory Longlist

Over the past few months, we have been overwhelmed with the sheer volume of submissions we have received for our Inaugural Writing Awards, Overture to Memory, especially from teen writers and those who are new and emerging writers. The level of skill and raw talent that permeates the dozens upon dozens of poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces we have read and discussed cannot go unsaid. We are pleased that so many people have called upon themselves to explore what it means to remember. The impact of memory on reality, on our perception of self, on the existence of a shared or singular "truth," and how we navigate life and our place within the world are carefully and exquisitely explored in these wonderfully stark, poignant, and compelling pieces.

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“Speak Miracle & Rage”: On Knock and an Interview with Melissa Atkinson Mercer

Editor-In-Chief Kanika Lawton spoke with Melissa Atkinson Mercer recently about her newest poetry collection, Knock (Half Mystic Press, 2018), the use of visceral, disturbing imagery, tongues as agency and voice, and who is allowed such agency and autonomy. 

Kanika also reviewed Knock, a breathless, uncomfortable, and important collection of poems on depression, womanhood, voices, and darkness, churning and pulsing with both pain and angry, unflinching hope.

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