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Arts in Society

Arts in Society

Arts in Society brings our previously siloed poetry and fiction—along with cultural criticism and belles lettres—into a common project. It focuses on how the arts—including the visual arts, theater, dance, and film—can speak directly to the most pressing political and civic concerns, including racism, inequality, poverty, demagoguery, sex- and gender-based violence, a disempowered electorate, and a collapsing natural world.

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Hazem Fahmy was a finalist for the 2019 Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest and this poem appeared in our arts anthology Allies.

Hazem Fahmy
Tess Liem Poetry
Tess Liem

The French Algerian writer steadfastly defended democracy and humanity against dogmatic ideologies of all stripes. We need to read and reread him today.

Mugambi Jouet
Julian K. Jarboe

“Come back, Sebastian. You are shaking. That is not a productive movement.” As Sebastian prepares to go work on the moon, he reviews his contract’s terms and conditions and wonders what his mother must think.

Jarboe Everyone on the Moon 2 Fiction
Kyoko Uchida
José B. González

The sewing machines have
been pushed aside to a far-off
world, but I can still hear
their thumping

Ocean Vuong
Naro Alonzo
They’ve stolen a finger bone, carved it into a whistle, which when blown,
summons extinct birds . . .
Funto Omojola

mom calls me often
to ask if i’ve been doing
my nightly devotionals

Yeoh Jo-Ann

“I could have been a clever girl. When the first of the Japanese bombs fell on Penang, my father stopped us from going to school. And when the war was over, there was no question of going back. So I married your father.” Three generations of a family struggle to maintain their way of life in a country changed irrevocably by war.

Abby Minor

Liberalism cannot simply be extended to the uterus. Reproductive justice requires a vision of the social body.

Sarah Helen Bates

On any map in any so-called season,
I can recognize myself at least once.

Virginia Konchan

We can find reconciliation and closure in poetry, despite the forces that engender grief and dispossession. Three new poetry collections refuse the binaries and amnesia that so often characterize American mourning.

Michael Reagan

Sixty years ago, a pathbreaking jazz album from Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, and Oscar Brown, Jr., fused politics and art in the fight for Black liberation. Black artists are taking similar strides today.

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Author of eleven published or forthcoming books, including Who Can Afford to Improvise?: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listener. He is Distinguished Research Professor in the English Department and in the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Georgia.