POEM BY BRIT WASHBURN
PHOTO BY TAYLOR SCHUELKE
We’re excited to round out our categories of stories by adding poetry. Enjoy this first poem, and watch for more to come!
On the kitchen counter, three ripe tomatoes
a heap of sweet onions, a pile of potatoes
caked with dirt, but sacred for that,
like hands calloused from work, or the skin’s
star-chart of scars—here, where the nail went in,
here the dog’s teeth, here the knife;
here, where the scalding water spilled, here,
where the car door slammed closed; here
where our children grew ripe like fruit,
here, where your mouth named the hurt—
faint now, like the taste of rain in wine,
or the sense of something missing,
or the memory of our bodies
as gardens before the harvest.
Brit Washburn is a creative writing graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy in Northern Michigan, where she was born and raised, and Goddard College in Vermont, with further studies at Eugene Lang College in New York City and the University of Hawai’i. She lived in Brazil, France, and Charleston, South Carolina, before moving to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2017. The winner of two consecutive Albion Prizes for Poetry, Brit's poems and essays have appeared in such journals and anthologies as Alexandria Quarterly, Art Mag, Controlled Burn, The Dunes Review, and Manoa. Brit has been a resident of the Vermont Studio Center, served for many years on the board of the Poetry Society of South Carolina, and was co-director of the literary salon Poets House South. The mother of four, Brit’s additional work includes editing, indexing, ghostwriting, cooking, and teaching yoga. Her blog consists of “a reader's reflections on religion and relationship, with recipes.”
Taylor Schuelke pursues human emotion on a daily basis through still photography and video. She crafts stories for a living and is on a constant quest to spread joy. Instagram: @tayschuel
STORY BY HEATHER M. SURLS
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STORY AND PHOTOS BY ARMON A. MEANS
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POEM BY E. AMATO. TRANSLATED TO FRENCH BY CATHERINE S. WEBSTER. IMAGES BY JOANNA WINOGRAD.
A poem by E. Amato from her book Will Travel. Inspiration found in Essaouira, Morocco.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY JOEL CARILLET
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With the photo essay this week from Nihab Rahman, you may begin to notice that we’re spending several weeks of our once-per-week publishing schedule on stories connected to the lives of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar (also called Burma) who have fled to Bangladesh, where they are living in refugee camps.
PHOTOS BY NIHAB RAHMAN
We were introduced to Nihab Rahman through our contributor Scott Will, whose Culture Keeper account of life as an aid worker in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. In his first article for Culture Keeper, we’re going photo essay style, letting his photos speak for themselves as he takes us along to view life in a refugee camp for the Rohingya refugees whose situation has received a sizable amount of media attention.
STORY BY SCOTT J. WILL
Physician assistant Scott Will recently spent a month providing medical care to Rohingya people from Myanmar living in a large refugee camp outside Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. This journal-style article from him offers a behind-the-scenes view of aid worker life as well as offering a small introduction to the Rohingya people. He previously wrote for Culture Keeper about the family he gained while living in South Sudan for five years.
STORY BY HOLLY WREN SPAULDING
We must give you fair warning: Upon reading this article, you are likely to find yourself checking directions to the tiny village in Michigan where Melanie Parke’s The Provincial resides. As in her other MADE columns, Holly Wren Spaulding has introduced us to another artistic gem, in so many senses of the word.
Illuminating tall ceilings, vast white walls, and shiny, painted wood floors that evoke the vintage of this place, natural light draws me through the doors of The Provincial. As my eyes adjust, a collection of paintings come into focus, by some of painter Melanie Parke’s favorite artists: this is her studio as well as a space for showing others’ work and fostering artist projects.
PHOTOS AND TEXT BY AMBER KIDNER
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