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The Sweet Flypaper of Life

“The old folks used to say, when you enter a room, speak to the people who are already there…” – Kalamu ya Salaam, Cosmic Deputy: Poetry & Context, 1968-2019 By Chelsey Shannon, editor Whenever his name comes up, Kalamu ya Salaam regularly claims Langston Hughes as his patron saint of writing. From a young age, […]

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Tom Dent on the Lineage of Super Sunday

“It is the parade to end all parades—St. Joseph’s Day raised to a level of magnificence never envisioned in Sicily or old New Orleans. Through Super Sunday, the genius of Black New Orleans culture has spun off from the old Catholic holiday to produce its own altar of ever-nourishing spiritual and celebratory bread.” — Tom […]

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South to Northwest

UNO Press at PEN Oakland 2019 By Chelsey Shannon, editor Many attending the “Blue Collar PEN” ceremony back in December expressed surprise at my coming all the way from New Orleans to collect Kalamu ya Salaam’s award—as if the Bay Area was a cozy hamlet my cosmopolitan self had only deigned to visit. But in […]