As/Us: A Space for Women of the World
Writing is a process of discovery, so is founding a literary journal. You set out on a journey with intention, heart, and hope you end up not only where you need to be, but also where you’re meant to be. As/Us: A Space for Women of the World was created to address the challenges in the publishing realm and the lack of diversity that exists within the literary world. Like writing a poem to fit a form, we struggled with fitting into roles assigned to women such as daughter, wife, or lover; so we came up with the idea of starting our own journal, specifically for Indigenous women and women of color where we could publish writing that reflected multiple realities and could open discourse and challenge perceptions.
Words are the way we make sense of the world; through art and imagination we can re-imagine ourselves and communities. So we started a journal, excited about the possibility of publishing established writers, like Joy Harjo who are taught in classrooms alongside emerging writers. So far we’ve published 4 issues containing stories that share threads, demonstrating not only what it means to be a woman, but also human in this world. We publish works by women of color, but also provide opportunities for publication once a year for men of color who are our supporters and allies.
We believe in creating the spaces needed in the world and so we invented this journal around accessibility, publishing both online and in print. The journal has only been around a year now and has already been viewed in over 115 countries around the world. We believe art cultivates imagination and can be a vehicle for transformation. It can serve as a way to process information, question ideas and instill hope. It is our hope that As/Us empowers other artists to put their voices out into the world.
Note: This lit mag has four reading periods. Check website for details.