Shade Literary Arts is literary organization for queer writers of color.

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This issue features Nora Hikari, winner of THEE SPACE Poetry Prize, and finalists Mia S. Willis, huiying b. chan, and Tejaswini Sudhakar

This issue also features poems by:
Sreshtha Sen
Jaz Sufi
Keisha Cassel
mx. jwcarroll

Banah al-Ghadbanah
Fargo Tbakhi
Nour Kamel

Congratulations Nora Hikari, the winner of THEE SPACE Poetry Prize, our first ever poetry contest, in collaboration with Dovesong Labs, for her poem, "Fantasy of the Author as a Small Girl," chosen by Xandria Phillips! 

Xandria Phillips is a Whiting Award-winning poet, and visual artist from rural Ohio. The recipient of a LAMBDA Literary Award, and the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging writers, Xandria is the author of HULL (Nightboat Books 2019) and Reasons for Smoking, which won the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest judged by Claudia Rankine. They have received fellowships from Brown University, Callaloo, Cave Canem, The Conversation Literary Festival, Oberlin College, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and are the 2021-2023 poetry fellow at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. Xandria’s poetry has appeared in Berlin Quarterly Review, BOMB Magazine, Crazyhorse, Poets.org, and Virginia Quarterly Review.

Thank you jayy dodd for your creation and collaboration to bring this prize to life. Thank you Xandria Phillips for judging. Thank you everyone who donated, shared, and submitted. This work could not be done without any of you or alone.

THEE SPACE poetry prize for Trans/GNC writers of color was created in collaboration with jayy dodd of Dovesong Labs and Shade Literary Arts. 

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