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Unite Magazine has been selected by Tina Tamsho-Thomas, and will donate 10% of profits to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Contributors in this issue are exclusively Black and Asian writers and artists.
"Together, we are a poem,
Defining why we should always unify." - By Bob McNeil
"The pigment of our skin is an everlasting reminder that our land does not bleedyellow, red or even blue. It bleeds kayumanggi, the color of sorrow and triumphthat rained upon us through centuries." - By Andre Ramirez Gutierrez
"My walls are adorned with poster prints
of Black Female Warriors of the night.
Their hair streams wild
across the stars
their shoulders shrug
a careless pattern." - By April Roach
"the more she spoke into her computer
Of the “criminal record” and the “limited qualifications”,
The more I realised I was but a cog,
A clog in the government drain, a disposable resource." - By Akhim Alexis
Akhim Alexis is a writer born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. He is currently pursuing an MA in Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
Amy Moretsele is a twenty-one-year-old who writes for that sensation of easy breathing that follows word vomit and has recently begun to write so that she can dream of a future with more writing involved.
Andre Ramirez Gutierrez is a writer and poet born and raised in the Philippines. His poems and other works has been published in local journals and magazines. He is currently studying AB English Literature in a university in Manila.
Anindita Sarkar is a Research Scholar from India. She has an MA in English Literature. Her works have appeared in The Bombay Review, Litbreak, Kitaab International, Bosphorous Review among others.
Anusheh Mahmood, Islamabad, Pakistan. The age she realized she could tell tales, instead of just tall ones, she started to write them down. Writing poems has sieved through the many different characters that reside inside of her, trying to tell their story.
April Roach is a writer and freelance journalist living in east London. Her poems have been published by Moko Mag and she has written for various outlets including the Evening Standard, the Independent and the Guardian. Her novel The Burn Radius was chosen as the Runner Up for the Commonword Diversity YA Prize 2018.
Bob McNeil, writer, editor, and spoken word artist, found working on Lyrics of Mature Hearts to be a humbling experience because of the anthology’s talented contributors.
Brandon Toh is currently a pursuing an MA in Creative Writing in Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. His poems have been published in the 2015 and 2016 Writing the City: Fresh Fiction from Singapore anthologies.
Cynthia Yatchman is a Seattle-based artist and art instructor. With an M.A. in child development and a B. A. in education, she has a strong interest in art education and teaches art to adults, children and families. A former ceramicist, after receiving her B.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington she changed to 2D work and has stayed there since, working primarily on paintings, prints and collages.
A fan of The Green Lantern, DaRell Pittman does not write “Flash” Fiction. This poet would rather create “chartreuse contructs,” (while eating buttered pecan ice cream) than to write Flash fiction.
Diana Ionita was born and raised in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. She graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Her poems include the following themes: the theme of death, of idyllic love, of time and the theme of transcendentalism.
Hibah Shabkhez is a writer of the half-yo literary tradition, an erratic language-learning enthusiast, a teacher of French as a foreign language and a happily eccentric blogger from Lahore, Pakistan. Her work has previously appeared in Wellington Street Review, Black Bough, Nine Muses, Borrowed Solace, Ligeia; Cordite Poetry.
Jemelia Moseley is a qualified Primary school teacher, Poet and Spoken Word Artist. She would love to see her work all over the world both in performance and in word i.e, book/magazines, theatre/stage, TV, etc. The ‘Unite Magazine’ is her first publication.
Lucy Zhang is a writer, software engineer, and anime fan. Her work has appeared in Maudlin House, Parentheses Journal, Gone Lawn, and elsewhere. She is an assistant fiction editor for Pithead Chapel and can be found at https://kowaretasekai.wordpress.com/
Maryam Bouteldja is a young, Indonesian-Algerian Muslim poet from the UK. She hopes to capture personal life moments and paint them poetically. Her ultimate dream is to have her poetry reach every country on the planet.
Nnadi Samuel is a black writer & graduate of English & literature from the University of Benin. His works have been previously published in PORT Magazine, Gordon Square Review, Seventh Wave Magazine, Blue Nib journal, The Elephant Magazine, Eunoia Review & elsewhere. He is a co-reader at U-Right Magazine.
Rha Arayal is a British Nepalese writer and poet who aspires to understand, create and share. She finds her inspiration from nature, music, films and everyday life. Like many other writers, she found a sanctuary in reading from a very young age. Rha established and refined her love for poetry on her Instagram account, @encapsulated_emotions and never looked back.
Rhea Dhanbhoora worked for close to a decade as editor and writer in print and digital content for a variety of clients, before quitting her job and moving to New York to get her master’s degree, and finally writing stories. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Hindu, Quint, The Apeiron Review, Awakened Voices, sPARKLE & bLINK, and Five on the Fifth, and is upcoming in JMWW.
S. Rupsha Mitra is a seventeen year old student from India with a penchant for writing poetry. She is a student of Psychology and often writes about emotion theories and motivations. Her works have been published by literary magazines including Blue Marble Review, Hebe Poetry and Indian Periodical.
Stephanie Chizoba Odili is a British born-Nigerian writer, editor, feminist, and author of novel —Deafening Silence —and a collection of poems and short stories—22. Her debut novel, Deafening Silence, was the 2019 1st runner up of the Association of Nigerian Authors Prize For Fiction.
Stephen Oladayo Oladokun is an experimental writer who enjoys painting the world in metaphor. He is a teacher, playwright, photographer and researcher whose works have been enjoyed by wide audience on Afribary and he is a member of Hilltop Creative Foundation in Minna Niger State, Nigeria.
Tina Tamsho-Thomas is the founder of Theatre of Colour and an acclaimed published writer, poet and spoken word performance artist. She is also a BBC trained radio producer, human rights ambassador and arts consultant. Tina’s bibliography includes: No Blue Memories, Sexual Attraction Revealed; Someone is Missing Me. She has been commissioned by the likes of the V&A Museum; MIF.
Tionee Joseph is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at The University of Leicester. She was born in the UK and has roots in Grenada and St Vincent.