Black Experience | The New Engagement

Black Experience

Black Experience

The New Engagement literature and art journal celebrates the voices of the black community in the United States and those who are touched by the cultural mores generated and spread by the United States. We will continue to publish and champion stories, essays, poems, plays, films, paintings, illustrations, and photography that dissects and meditates on the experiences distinct to African-American society.

Darkness In The Margins poetry art
By Lola Rainey

With beautiful bafflement and clear-eyed precision, the work of Lola Rainey rails and revolts. "Darkness in The Margins" provides a much needed dose of light in unseen places.

Nahum N. Welang art
By Nahum Welang

Though the continental context may change, the fixation on stereotypes, archetypes, and harmful assumptions persist.

Rooftop Scene from As An Act of Protest
By LeRoy Kangalee

Incendiary, confrontational, and necessary. The excerpt from a feature film that presents a relevant and challenging moral struggle.

See My Dreams Come True poster art
By Vernon Jordan III

A lyrical lament that gently reaches for the sublime.

"A History: A Scourge of Antiblackness and Self Hate, Courtesy of Master Leeroy" by Ashley Doggett, detail
By Ashley Doggett

A reckoning for the blackface minstrel show-runners.

Tiny Dancer essay art
By Nicole Goodwin

Dignified curtsies in dark corners, empowering pirouettes atop threatening structures, liberating heel turns through unfriendly places.

Yellawoman poetry art
By Jessica Gallion

On the margins and in darkness, the survivor takes adversity as a necessity for growth.

Private Salvation art
By Tyree Daye

Like catching breath, surmounting the burdens of anger, of normality, of memory requires great work.

Abuses Amended art
By Jessica Edwards

Indignities and exploitation are righted with sharp words and a blunt defense.

Hang N' There
By Malacu McCray , By Craig Davidson
Hope's Great Labor art
By Alex Brueggeman
Blood, & Only The Blood, The New Engagement poetry
By Enrique Garcia Naranjo
Pray or Prey, painting
By Charlene M. Cooper
Filigree cosmic 2016 by Mauricio Paz Viola, detail
By Addie Citchens

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~ James Baldwin

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Contests & Prizes

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.

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The New Engagement endeavors a novel approach to discovering, introducing, and showcasing writers, artists, and filmmakers, by providing them digital and print platforms, while encouraging and supporting their social-consciousness.