Portfolio: Photographs

We are using art to discuss one of the most important topics in Egypt, women’s empowerment, which involves many different issues, including the political, the social, the economic, and...

Solitary

It’s quiet. Profoundly so. Rain whispers against the open window a few feet away. The only other thing you can hear is your own heart, thumping. I’ve known men who could not stand this...

Boyishly

that summer. a boyish summer. the summer I took the boyish waters. like being drowned that summer. that summer I practiced pulling my t-shirt on like a boy (2 arms neck) not a girl...

Sentenced to Writing

Writing has been a significant presence in my life from the very beginning, but over the years our relationship has shifted dramatically. I learned about writing as a small child because...

Portfolio: Pen and Ink Drawings

Welmon’s work, in his own words “made it out of prison before he did” and was valued by dealers and collectors for his meticulous, detailed rendering, inventive subject matter, and...

A New Kind of Listening

As I documented rehearsals, meetings, and exercises, I saw participants with disabilities—people often segregated and ostracized from mainstream society—use mobile keyboards and...

Prisoners of Our Own Delights

We wanted each woman to know without a shadow of a doubt that we, the cleverest of shape-shifters all, proficient at disappearing in the trade of secrets and lies, adept at reappearing in...

Inside Out

The doctors couldn’t say what had gone wrong, but after they tried their arsenal of antipsychotics and it had failed, they told me he would need one-to-one care twenty-four hours a day...

Four Wheels and a Box

It started out as a joke to a friend: Our 750-square-foot house was actually pushing 800 square feet if you included my car, which was slowly becoming my home office. I found this...

Napoleon House

So Napoleon House, now one of the French Quarter’s most loved establishments, is named for something that maybe almost happened. But didn’t.

The Missing Peace: A Conversation with Sue Etheridge

I think long-term incarceration takes away people's options—takes away their belief that they can make their own decisions, so that's one of the things I do. I just refuse to make...

Spring 2014

 “I am the captain of my soul.”
― William Ernest Henley

 

Confinement takes many forms, binding us physically, mentally, or emotionally. Our Spring 2014 issue looks at confinement in its broadest interpretation and examines the ways in which creative expression can open the door to healing or survival for some prisoners of the body or mind. We are inspired by the line above, from William Ernest Henley’s poem Invictus, reiterated by Nelson Mandela when describing his ability to grow into the fullness of his humanity while imprisoned.

Contributors to this issue explore the interplay of creativity and confinement in their own lives through written and artistic forms of expression, testifying to the power of self-expression to flourish in even the harshest of conditions.