Tipping Point | 45.2


I have often had the feeling of being on a precipice, and wondered if I might fall backward onto solid ground, or forward into something irreversible. I feel as if we are, in this moment, hanging in the balance between possibility and despondency. 

I find this in the words of these authors—as they speak to the generosity of nature, and the changes taking place in our climate. As they delve into their interior lives and make demands for repair, stability, and rest. Their writing contemplates moments of breaking that bring us all much closer, or much further away from the future that we desire. 

In the imaginations of .chisaraokwu., of Lacey Yong, of Ava Fathi, in the work of our commissioned author Myriam J.A. Chancy, the writers in this issue confront environment, future, and agency in times of upheaval. They locate the rich interior lives of people of colour in this moment. 

There is also cause for humour and tenderness at this bizarre time—and I will always admire the work of artists for preserving this. 

I would like to thank this year’s contest judges and winners for their vibrant and brilliant work, which has animated the pages of this issue. 

I would also like to thank my assistant editor, Micah Killjoy, and shadow editors Ruchika Gothoskar and Omi Rodney for their creativity, editorial skills, and willingness to jump in. 

Finally, I would like to thank our readers, for being the vessel through which so many voices come to life. 

-Lue Palmer

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Edited by Lue Palmer
Assistant Edited by Micah Killjoy
Shadow Edited by Ruchika Gothoskar and Omi Rodney

In This Issue: Eberechukwu Peace Akadinma, N.B., Manahil Bandukwala, Chief Lady Bird, Myriam J.A. Chancy, .chisaraokwu., Michelle Contant, Morgan Cross, Jaki Eisman, Ava Fathi, Maria Ford, Jennifer A. Goddard, Michelle Good, Ruchika Gothoskar, Jonsaba Jabbi, Sneha Subramanian Kanta, Micah Killjoy, Moe Kirkpatrick, Lydia Kwa, Margo LaPierre, karen lee, Lynn Hutchinson Lee, Y.S. Lee, Annick MacAskill, Kama La Mackerel, Sarah McPherson, Michie Mee, Zoë Mills, Lue Palmer, Emily Riddle, Alana Rigby, Omi Rodney, Edythe Rodriguez, Victoria Spence Naik, Unimke Ugbong, Nadia Van, semillites hernandez velasco, Dr. Njoki Wane, Yilin Wang, Jenny Heijun Wills, Lacey Yong, Dr. Rachel Zellars, Zhang Qiaohui