Sissh is a South African aspiring artist whose full name is Sihlengile Gwamanda.
Reading any new post, book review, or update of her weekly radio appearance on CBC’s Homestretch is something that all of her readers, I assume, enjoy doing–speaking for myself. I know I do. When I started The Black Lion Journal, I hunted for genuinely friendly and kind people online that were willing to share and contribute their articles and reviews. Was I more than happy when my beady eyes landed on Anne Logan’s I’ve Read This website (what a title!) whose book reviews featured pictures of her cat? Yes. Yes I was.
Tenacity has a few official definitions, one of them being the character of a strong and/or determined person. And, in the context of women and marginalized voices, Tenacity means a person that has the courage to stand for issues that are passionate, to voice out opinions that are political at times and that affect a large group of people, and to hold to your convictions, your truths.
The evening of Saturday April 23, 2016 was a mild one. The air was semi-warm, being the beginning of Spring-like weather after a short but overly-anticipated El Niño season that gave San Diegans false hope for a drenched filled Winter. At the back patio of The Wine Lover on 5th avenue, Through A Soft Tube (TAST) held its 10th writerly gathering, which featured performed words from San Diego State University MFA Fiction writers and Poets. It was an impressive night filled with fun, laughter, amazing people, and incredible talent.
Sameness in literature should not be limited to The Giver or to children’s literature, especially when there is a larger literary conversation that calls for the inclusion of stronger, more diverse words about what is deemed the same and what is viewed as different.