Mary McMyne is the author of poems, stories, and essays in venues like Gulf Coast, Apex Magazine, Southern Humanities Review, and Pedestal Magazine. She has won the Faulkner-Wisdom Prize for a Novel-in-Progress, an award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and a National Endowment for the Arts Parent Fellowship to Vermont Studio Center. Her debut poetry chapbook, Wolf Skin (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), won the Elgin Chapbook Award.
Ugonna-Ora Owoh is a Nigerian poet and model. He is a recipient of a 2018 Young Romantics Keats-Shelley Prize and a 2019 Erbacce Prize. He is a winner of a 2019 Stephen A. DiBiase International Poetry Prize and a 2018 Fowey Festival short story prize. His recent poems are in Cōnfingō Magazine, The Malahat Review, Space and Time, B Cubed, Leading Edge, The Puritan, Vassar Review, and elsewhere.
Language blasts through the malicious intentions and blows them to ash. Language rises triumphant over fangs and claws. Language, in other words, is presented as something more than a medium for communication. Language, regardless of how it is purposed, must be recognized as a weapon.
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