48.2 WINTER 2019



Special Cluster:

“Language of the Unheard”: Riot on the American Cultural Stage

Introduction by Susan Gilmore

Rapping Black Joy: Tate Kobang and the Baltimore Uprising

Emily Yoon Perez


Black Lives Matter in Henry Dumas’ “Riot or Revolt?”: The Past Is Prologue

Casarae L. Gibson


Reading Los Angeles’ Urban Uprisings: From Watts to Rodney King

Srimayee Basu


Thurz’s L.A. Riot and the Value of Riot Poetics

Kirsten Bartholomew Ortega


Fiction & Poetry

Chet’la Sebree: Ab Ovo (or, Eve’s Daughter)

Mistress of Hypermobility

Anachronistic Conversations: Sally & Chet’la


An Elaborate Non-Yoga Pose in Which You Realize You Were Not Made for this World


Marisa Crane: The Thimble Versus the Battleship

Karijini National Park

My Privilege

An Elegy for Jamel Myles


MLS Serial: Minotaur

Mara Rutherford


NeMLA Notes

On the 50th Annual Convention Theme: From the President

NeMLA at 50: From Area Directors and Caucus Representatives