Lola Rainey is a Southwestern based poet and storyteller. She started writing poetry roughly six years ago, and it has become her favorite form of creative expression due to the fact that her life in the desert "lends itself to introspection and quiet reflection". She considers herself a multi-cultural poet because she grew up in the racially and culturally diverse borderlands of Southern Arizona. Her travels to places like Southeast Asia and North Africa expanded her concept of family and altered her notions about "belonging"; "experiences that helped this daughter of the African Diaspora feel more rooted in the world". In 2015, she completed Callaloo Journal's Writer's Workshop held at Brown University. From Lola: "The experience was transformative. It forced me to rethink everything I thought I knew about poetry. I am grateful for the shattering of the old because I like the new poet emerging from those broken bits."
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Flash Fiction Contest
On May 1st, we announced the winners of our Flash Fiction Contest: Thomas Garcia (1st), Rick Krizman (2nd), and Rios de la Luz (3rd). Read more.
The James Baldwin Literature Prize
It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of The James Baldwin Literature Prize of $1,000 to Hafsa Musa. Read more.