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Welcome to HEArt Online — the nation's premiere journal of literature and art devoted to fighting discrimination and promoting social justice. Here you will find work that speaks to human equity — an ideal/practice we explore, promote and strive toward through the publication of critically insightful literature and art.

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NEW! NOVEMBER-DECEMBER, 2017


Social Justice Poetry, Curated by Casey Rochteau
Two Poems by Bernard Ferguson
Numbness Speaks to the Body in the First Person by Olatunde Osinaike
Two Poems by Kayla Sargeson

Queer/Trans Poetry, Curated by Cameron Awkward-Rich
SM by Franny Choi
Two Poems by Stephen Ira

Poetry & Music Curated by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
Is It an Album or a Song? Interview with Kaveh Akbar by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib


PAST ISSUES

Queer/Trans

Gender-neutral & The Gifts that Keep on Giving — Art by Andréa Acker
3 Poems by Kemi Alabi
Two Poems by S. Brook Corfman
Two Poems by H. Melt

Mental Health

Two Poems by Sarah Byrne
Two Poems by Fiona Chamness
Ode to the Breathalyzer in My Car Followed by a Mother's Prayer by Inam Kang
as you become by Zaphra Stupple
Two Poems by Jeanann Verlee
The Dream Didn't Predict I'd Have a Panic Attack in Macy's by Lauren Whitehead

Let me love me

Two Poems by Aziza Barnes
My Sister Plucks the Hair Above My Upper Lip by Carlina Duan
Two Poems by Safia Elhillo
Two Poems by Diamond Forde
Girl by Jenn Givhan
Three Poems by Beyza Ozer

General Social Justice Fiction

Beacon on the Hill by José Francisco Fonseca 
Invocation by Miranda González
Bars by J. L. Higgs
I am Fine by Cindy Lee

GENERAL SOCIAL JUSTICE Poetry

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Songs We Sing at Night by Adefolami Ademola

Ironic Structure by Bruce Elliot Alford

Two Poems by Fatimah Asghar

The Day I Saw My Rapist at the Corner Texaco by Shawn Aveningo

B

Unfinished Letters to Officer [Insert Name] by Tara Ballard

Two Poems by Jan Beatty

Titans Don't Stay in their Graves by Rosebud Ben-Oni

Sanjana Bijlani — “Mama’s songs”

C

To Be a Mexican by Hugo Rodríguez Castañeda

Three Poems by Tameka Cage Conley

Two Poems by Anne Champion

Intoxicated British Boy, 19, Kills Chinese Grandfather Visiting His Daughter by Kristin Chang

Three Poems by Cortney L. Charleston

The Details Get a Little Fuzzy, I Apologize by Cortney Lamar Charleston

How to Watch Mexico vs. USA Soccer with A Father Who Is More Referee than Coach by Alan Chazaro

Two Poems by Chen Chen

becoming beautiful by Curtis Crisler

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Two Poems by Jim Daniels

Two Poems by Jim Daniels

Two Poems by Tyree Daye

Fear of Men by Susan Defreitas

Americas by Denise Duhamel

From 50 States — Excerpts of Collaborations by Denise Duhamel & Julie Marie Wade

I check my husband’s black skin and remember to call my son by Saddiq Dzukogi

Memory of the Aleppo Boy by Saddiq M Dzukogi

E

F

On Adding Sand to the N-Word to Make a New Slur (After Azealia Banks) by Hazem Fahmy

Two Poems by Malcolm Friend

G

Crackers by vanessa german

H

Two Poems by Zeina Hashem Beck

Democracy Is Dying by Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes Reads "Carp Poem"

part II…hoods by Bennie Herron

Two Poems by Melanie Ho

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J

Aubade by Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones Reads "Jasper 1998" at HEArt Performance Series, October 9 2013

Carcass by Allison Joseph

Ego Training: Advice for Girls & Women by Allison Joseph

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L

Two Poems by Gerry LaFemina

Mercedes Lawry — “Little Appetites”

I'm Human, Too by Len Lawson

Dirty Blood by Courtney LeBlanc

Body Count by Antonio Lopez

M

Sarah McCall — “Prayer for Orlando”

Two Poems by Erika Meitner

The Testimony of Darren Wilson by Simon Mermelstein

N

Trouble So Hard by Meredith Nnoka

O

Two Poems by Namkyu Oh

Two Poems by Samuel Olatunji

Afghanistan: The Raped Girl by Alicia Ostriker

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Q

R

Black Depression Anxiety February by Julian Randall

Survival: The Sequel by henry 7. reneau, jr.

Three Poems by Jess Rizkallah

Topsy (Direct), The Second of the Topsy Suite — Casey Rocheteau

My Whiteness by Caroline Rothstein

S

Two Poems by Aaron Samuels

First Writing after IDK Attacked Gaza, 2015: Machal by Sam Sax

Two Poems by Eric Schwerer

 One Turn Around the Sun by Tim Seibles

An Open Letter — Reading by Tim Seibles

What — Tim Seibles

Lucky by Tim Seibles

Dear White America by Danez Smith

Post-Racial by Patricia Smith

She Watches the Inauguration by Patricia Smith

T

Three Poems by Speak Like a Girl — Megan Falley & Olivia Gatwood

Black Joke after Patricia Lockwood by Taylor Steele

When the Shotgun Questions the Black Boy by Sonya Renee Taylor

Life Jacket by Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad

U

V

Three Poems by Ajise Vincent

W

Rock and Roll by Jerry Wemple

I Go Home by Patricia Jabbeh Wesle

Skating by Emily Paige Wilson

PrEPositions by L. Lamar Wilson

Two Poems by William Woolfitt

Y

Evan Yi — “Bloodletting” & “Babel”

 

Art

Land of Opportunity, Art by David Feingold

More News — Art by Josepha Gutelius

Painting, "Freak Flag #2015" and Artist Statement by Steven J. Simmons

The Black Body Curve — Asylum & Bride Price, Art by Andrea Walls

 

Essay/creative nonfiction

Janus Head — Creative Nonfiction by Brittany Hailer

Finding An(Other) Way: An Interview with Jennifer Bartlett by Ellen McGrath Smith

Intersections: e pluribus unum with Sekou Sundiata

Living Arts, Some Notes from the Solidarity Sing Along by Wendy Vardaman

Don't Make Me Lipread, OK? — Art & Essay by Asphyxia

 

Interviews

Who Do You Think You Are? — A Conversation with Toi Derricotte, The Undertaker’s Daughter

The Conversation Overheard — with Jericho Brown & Leslie Anne Mcilroy

Jan Beatty’s "Shooter," A Controversy for Feminist & Gender Politics by Mary Kate Azcuy

We Make an Offering: A Conversation with Nikki Giovanni

Terrance Hayes & Saeed Jones on the Power of Language — HEArt Performance Series After-Chat

Shoulda Been — Interview with Patricia Smith

Image as Voice — An Interview with Photographer/Founder of "Witness Change" Robin Hammond by Photographer/Activist Scott Roller

 

Music

"If I Had a Hammer" Covered by Mark Dignam — 50th Anniversary March on Washington

 

Photography

The Beauty and Contradiction of South Africa: A Photo Essay by Chaun Ballard

Tomorrow Attacking — 1998 Million Youth March, NYC, by Tyrone Brown-Osborne

Two Photos by Alexis Rhone Fancher

Two Photographs by Alexis Rhone Fancher

Freedom Ride by Photographer Scott Roller

Delmar Divide — Photo Essay by Victoria Sgarro

Homeless Madonna by Christopher Woods

 

PLAYS

Sisyphus El-Masri, a Short Play by Hazem Fahmy

 

Review

We Are Turned To The Right, Too, Poetry Review by D. M. Aderibigbe

Reviews of Zeina Hashem Beck’s Collections: "There Was and How Much There Was" & "3arabi Song" by Sharon Fagan McDermott

Review: God’s Work (Bijan Mottahedeh) by Mark Dignam

Review by Noah Stetzer: October Mourning — A Song for Matthew Shepard

The Sessions Voices, “Blackbird” — Into the Light

Review of Jericho Brown's The New Testament by Danez Smith

 

SPECIAL ISSUES

CantoMundo Poets, Guest Edited by Fellow Malcolm Friend, October 2015

Let Me Love Me, Curated by Poet/Activist Fatimah Asghar, April 2016

 

Video

Is It On?, video by Belladonna the Blest

God's Work by Bijan Mottahedeh & Composer John Kilburn

Found Objects by Lolita Stewart-White

To The Man Who Asked Me To Pose Butt-Bootie-Ass Naked by Lolita Stewart-White