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Art and Action

We believe that literature, art, and action combined can provide a potent stimulus for inquiry, revision, and the advancement of justice in all its forms. That's why starting in 2017 The New Engagement will seek out opportunities to support and spur direct action. Some of our ideas include: supporting grassroots social justice organizations and causes through free marketing, promotion, and publication; sponsoring or creating local symposiums on the intersection of creative arts and activism; sponsoring voter drives geared toward those who are currently being marginalized and intimidated. We'll have more news about our plans as the year progresses, and would love for you to join us on this journey of literature, art and action.

Update Feb 9, 2017: At the Save Oak Flat march send-off, TNE captured scenes from an inspiring rally in celebration of dignified action, self-determination for the Apache people, and sacred spaces. We will be photodocumenting and promoting the 3rd Annual March to Oak Flat, February 16 - 19, 2017.

Learn More About 'Save Oak Flat'

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Edmund White

“To a Young English Friend” by Edmund White. In Walt Whitman's bed, a tender connection buds between two men of different generations and contrasting orientations.

Hafsa Musa

With words, images, and sensations otherwise overlooked, unseen, or only ineffably experienced, Hafsa Musa’s three poems,  “Wagmu Pejuia,” “Roundhouse Theory,” and “Autumnal Whip,” capture profound phenomena in natural and unnatural worlds alike. Earth, texture, political trespasses, psychological massacre, and historical derangement meld, reshape, and give life to a formidable perspective.

M.G. Stephens

M.G. Stephens’s “Jazz at The Top” reveals itself to be a love letter to jazz, free expression, and companionship, as we follow the expansive story of a gifted, downtrodden musician through a tough, though glorious, life.

Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll’s memoir, “My 2016,” reveals in intimate detail the doubts, anxieties, and discoveries of a gay man as he wrestles with aging, codependency, competing and shifting priorities, and the complexities of an open marriage to a queer literary pioneer.

Eva Louise Grant

In Eva Louise Grant’s flash fiction, “The Comet,” gender identity and two spirits, history and memory, family and friendships rush into one another, enriching  bonds and fortifying home, during the tending to a newborn on a restless urban night.

Bethany Fine

Bethany Fine’s epic poem, “Grief Eater,” looks at mourning, annihilation anxiety, and anguish in revelatory, confrontational, and ultimately curative ways. The imagery and insights steer clear of the maudlin, cliché, and melodramatic, and instead proffer the potent promises of poetry—to enrich and to heal.

Paul Ocampo

Paul Ocampo’s “Venus de Milo” uses the vicissitudes and variegated personas key to a culture—here, a Filipino family in the United States—to tell a quiet story of contradictory emotions and unconditional loyalties that bend a daughter as she reflects on her relationship with her mother.

Geoffrey Philp

The portrait that Geoffrey Philp paints of a Haitian academic in Miami seeking dignity and recognition in “The Professor” is so vivid, so caring, so immediate that the story feels more like an encounter with a real person going through actual late phases than a work of fiction.

Nadia Ibrashi

Nadia Ibrashi’s “The Fetishist” uncovers humor, humanity, and even a bit of honor in areas of society and psychology—a man finding romance through a foot fetish—that might otherwise be dismissed as trivial or misunderstood as bizarre. Her ability to delve deeply and reveal generously is a gift to both her characters and readers.

Thomas Garcia

In Thomas Garcia’s “Burn The Sun,” racial sovereignty, ethnic exploitation, speculative scenarios, hallucinogenic prose, and a fantastical phenomenology explode in a combustible pressure cooker of a story, dense with mystery, unnamable pain, and startling resilience. 

Ellen Webre

The nerve, heart, and skin are devastated and coarsened in Ellen Webre's poetry collection, comprised of "To the Village Who Will Scour the Trees Upon My Disappearance," "You Bring Out The Russian In Me," and "Mizuko," as the shell that keeps one insulated from the world's merciless elements cracks, exposing an impregnable center that boasts a cool volition.

About The New Engagement

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Journal Founders

Lupe Rodarte

Publisher, Lupe Rodarte, is a Tucson native, graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Fine Arts, and is a proud member of the Tohono O'odham Nation. He has been involved in media for nearly 20 years and in addition to editorial responsiblities at TNE, manages all aspects of operations.

Brian Alessandro

Editor-in-Chief, Brian Alessandro, has had a literary novel published by Cairn Press in September 2015, entitled The Unmentionable Mann, which has been sold at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, GoodReads, Book Culture in NYC, and Antigone in Tucson, and has also been featured at the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books, excerpted in Bloom literary journal, and favorably reviewed by the Huffington Post, Examiner.com, and The Leaf. It has received endorsements from filmmaker Jonathan Caouette, Academy-Award nominated producer Daniel Drefiuss, and Bloom publisher Charles Flowers.