by Kathy Garcia
AFO Guest Contributor
Kathy Garcia is an aspiring attorney who hopes to use her education to serve undocumented immigrant communities. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants, and a first-generation Latinx college graduate.
by Lauren Moon
AFO Guest Writer
Lauren is a lover of comics and a third generation Korean American queer feminist writer based in Los Angeles. She is the founding editor of RAINCOAT//Mag, a screenwriting MFA at USC, and a social media participant on Instagram, twitter, and tumblr.
by Aiano Nakagawa
The What’s Underneath Project gives people an opportunity to be the one in charge of telling their own story. This project allows us to learn the stories of each individual body. We learn what these bodies have gone through, what they have overcome, and what they are celebrating. So I feel that by the end when we see their (almost) bare bodies, we as viewers have developed a lens of compassion and appreciation for this person we haven’t ever met.
by Thérèse Chapman
AFO Guest Writer
Nestled in the walkway of West Seattle apartment complexes and restaurants resides Our Secret
Garden—a small niche filled with custom antique pieces and unique floral arrangements. Inside, shop
owners Alonzo Fernandez and David O’Connell take pride in creating artistic pieces where pops of
purple and green befriend driftwood towers and caverns.
“All people love flowers,” says a smiling Fernandez. “They are special in all different cultures; they
represent love and caring.” His favorite flower, an orchid, brings back a fond memory from Fernandez’s childhood in Mexico where one Mother’s Day his father brought home an orchid for his mother, a rare find in that region. Since then, Fernandez has held onto this flower’s beauty as a favorite.
By Thérèse Chapman
AFO guest writer
The voice of Anne Frank speaks to us at the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle, WA seventy-one years after her death in March, 1945. Until May 25th, visitors can stop by the exhibit’s intimate setting for a guided trip back to the 1940’s, or sit down to a film on The Short Life of Anne Frank. To get the most out of the excursion, do read Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl before-hand.
by Aiano Nakagawa
Your words satisfy a hunger I knew existed, but had no way of expressing. It’s not until I read your words that I am able to uncover and dust off the parts myself I haven’t brought to the light, desires I have yet to acknowledge, and power I have yet to harness.
Thank you for the permission to live a life that satisfies my soul, no matter what.
Thank you for telling us that what we crave is what we deserve and to never settle.
Thank you for taking and redistributing divine feminine energy through your work.
Thank you for speaking directly to the heart. No games, no frills, no bull shit.
Thank you, for showing us how it’s done, Queen.
Hannah Bressler: Have you read Maggie Nelson before? What drew you to this book?
Tara Miller: I hadn't read her work before, though I'd heard Bluets referenced many times and had it on my list. Then I kept seeing links to reviews of Argonauts popping up on newsfeeds and in literary mags, so I was intrigued. As a queer woman and avid reader and writer I feel like I'm always starved for literature about queers. There seriously is not enough out there. I'm also always drawn to genre-bending work, so the combination of queerness, genre-bending, and critical acclaim (and your suggestion to do this piece) combined to form a magical ball of motivation.
How about you? Had you read Maggie Nelson before?