heart journal online — FEBRUARY-APRIL, 2017
LOok for a new issue in may, 2017 with our new editors on board. exciting!

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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The Editors at HEArt Online




Two Poems by Jan Beatty

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

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

Two Poems by Jim Daniels

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

Memory of the Aleppo Boy by Saddiq M Dzukogi

Sisyphus El-Masri, a Short Play by Hazem Fahmy

Ego Training: Advice for Girls & Women by Allison Joseph

Sisters’ Conversation Under a Mango Tree by Madu Chisom Kingdavid

She Watches the Inauguration by Patricia Smith

PrEPositions by L. Lamar Wilson

Lucky by Tim Seibles


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



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

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



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



First Kiss by Joseph Anthony

Hussain Ahmed — “Child of the World”

Two Poems by Fatimah Asghar

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


Blanket of the Dead by Beth Bailey

Summer Feast by Prerna Bakshi

Unfinished Letters to Officer [Insert Name] by Tara Ballard

Sanjana Bijlani — “Mama’s songs”

Collateral Damage by Michael H. Brownstein


Dear Dad — by Ryan Cassata

To Be a Mexican by Hugo Rodríguez Castañeda

Three Poems by Tameka Cage Conley

Two Poems by Anne Champion

Three Poems by Cortney L. Charleston

Two Poems by Chen Chen

Two Poems by Linda Crate

becoming beautiful by Curtis Crisler


Two Poems by Jim Daniels

Two Poems by Tyree Daye

Fear of Men by Susan Defreitas

Americas by Denise Duhamel

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



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

Educated Guesses by Jessica Ferrer

Two Poems by Malcolm Friend

Aiko Fukuchi — “Thick Tongue”


Crackers by vanessa german


Two Poems by Zeina Hashem Beck

Democracy Is Dying by Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes Reads "Carp Poem"

part II…hoods by Bennie Herron



Aubade by Saeed Jones

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

Carcass by Allison Joseph



Two Poems by Gerry LaFemina

Mercedes Lawry — “Little Appetites”

I'm Human, Too by Len Lawson

Dirty Blood by Courtney LeBlanc


Sarah McCall — “Prayer for Orlando”

Two Poems by Erika Meitner

The Testimony of Darren Wilson by Simon Mermelstein


Trouble So Hard by Meredith Nnoka


Two Poems by Namkyu Oh

Two Poems by Samuel Olatunji

Afghanistan: The Raped Girl by Alicia Ostriker




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

Tara Roeder — “In the Absence of a Daughter”

My Whiteness by Caroline Rothstein


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

Dear White America by Danez Smith

Post-Racial by Patricia Smith


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




Rock and Roll by Jerry Wemple

I Go Home by Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

Skating by Emily Paige Wilson

Two Poems by William Woolfitt


Evan Yi — “Bloodletting” & “Babel”


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



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



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



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

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

The Sessions Voices, “Blackbird” — Into the Light

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



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