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Kiku Hughes on Japanese American Inter-Generational Trauma

FF2 Guest Post by Joycelyn Ghansah

On February 19, 1942 – barely two months after the government of Japan executed the military attack on Pearl Harbor (Hawaii) which brought the USA into World War II – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066.

Since a large population of American citizens with Japanese heritage – including people who had been born in the USA as well as those who had completed the naturalization process – were known to reside on the west coast of the mainland, the American Army worked quickly to build rudimentary “relocation camps” for them.… read more.

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Zines v Chapbooks: On Finding Yourself in a Collection

FF2 Guest Post by Pascale Potvin

Vehicles for individual expression continue to multiply. New technologies make additional options available — from blogs and vlogs to Instagram and TikTok– but the feel of actual paper-in-hand continues to hold its own in an increasingly disembodied universe of publications.… read more.

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Kamala Puligandla’s ‘You Can Vibe Me on My FemmePhone’ Is Sci-Fi that Sparkles

Kamala Puligandla’s novella You Can Vibe Me on My FemmePhone cover in the grass.
Kamala Puligandla’s novella You Can Vibe Me on My FemmePhone is a science fiction story that fills me with hope rather than fear or despair.
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Falling in Love in the Apocalypse with Rachelle Toarmino’s ‘That Ex’

The news cycle spins like a washing machine in the final stages of a heavy-duty wash. It’s been speeding up for decades, while we watch from the other side of the thick glass door, helpless, hoping our clothes come out clean but doubting they will. The apocalypse has arrived, probably, in the form of climate crisis fueled by unimaginable wealth disparity, or in the daily heartbreaks that we don’t want to believe keep happening: school shootings, protestors arrested for defending their ancestral land from developers, threats to Roe v.… read more.

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In ‘frank: sonnets,’ Diane Seuss’ New Poems are Both ‘Right Now’ and ‘Back Then’

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n Diane Seuss's frank: sonnets, the durability of the sonnet form stakes its claim as it exposes that which has often been held sacred.
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‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ at 30: 20th Century Crowd-Pleaser Still Worth the Watch

As part of our 30th anniversary tribute to the film classic, Fried Green Tomatoes, Dayna Hagewood describes change over time from the 1920s to the 1990s. Conclusion? Despite some essential albeit cringe-worthy plot elements, Fried Green Tomatoes is definitely worth the watch in 2021.

Written by Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski (and directed by Jon Avnet), Fried Green Tomatoes–released in 1991–tracks two central relationships between women of different eras as they navigate the many facets of 20th century life in the American South.… read more.

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