Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Vincent Vigil is a Native American photographer. He credits his photography for his "outrageous spirit," citing it as a passion that motivated him to explore and escape from an "insular bubble of safety and familiarity." He is also thankful to the craft for having inspired him to approach and befriend people, by first honoring them as his subjects. Not only has photographing drag queens help him come out as one himself, but the skills he acquired while doing so emboldened him on a path that would secure him four scholarships and placement of his work in SandScript, a Tucson-based literature and art journal. Vincent is currently attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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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.