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Resilience & Recovery

Resilience & Recovery

The New Engagement literature and art journal celebrates and champions the voices of those who have endured and surmounted, or are in the process of facing, hardship. The short stories, essays, poetry, plays, short films, photography, illustrations, and paintings that TNE publishes confront adversity and pain, loss and failure, fear and harm with a steely will, a compassionate tone, and a tender understanding of grief, violation, bereavement, sadness, illness, anxiety, and heartache, and how to defeat—or at least live with— such challenges.

The Gift essay art
By Mark Elzey

In Mark Elzey's memoir "The Gift," a run-in with a brutal bigot at a movie theater engenders deep revelations and seismic personal growth.

By Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer Thompson's poetry collection reminds us of the difficult moral fact that doing harm is nearly unavoidable, but receiving succor goes some way in mitigating the pain of guilt.

Dirty Looks story art
By Amie Reilly

Language and self-worth are confronted and reclaimed.

Love and Loss art
By Sudip Bhattacharya

Ordinary needs and common necessities at the mercy of irrational prejudices and unfounded persecutions.

The Many Faces of Silence art
By Laura Cesarco Eglin

Self-preservation is a gift reluctantly given, a blessing hard won.

Removing the Poison
By Rachel Cuevas

A clean getaway from the past proves more formidable than originally thought.

By Courtney Christison
Tiny Dancer essay art
By Nicole Goodwin
The Gift art
By Mark Elzey
Saudade art
By Adam Que
Take the A Train story art
By Jonathan Marcantoni Rosa
Breathe Easy by Dan Carpenter, story art
By Dan Carpenter
Nahum N. Welang art
By Nahum Welang
A Bend in the Track story art
By Aditya Desai
Icarus Also Flew story art
By Roberto Carlos Garcia

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"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive."
~ 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.

The New Engagement

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.