It’s been nearly three years since we’ve held, seen, and heard a glittery issue of APIARY. We’ve been at work — working on ourselves. We’ve considered how we, as a collective of volunteers, work and learn collaboratively. Yes, we’ve launched a new website. Yes, we held our first contest and published our STUNG broadsides (so much fun!). Most importantly, we’ve been reminded that, despite what this fierce, fast, often violent, often unforgiving world, throws at us, it is increasingly important to find joy, to listen, and to love wildly.
So here we are: APIARY 8: Soft Targets. In collaboration with METROPOLARITY’s Ras Mashramani and 18 as well as the guidance, wisdom, and fearlessness of new editors Kirwyn Sutherland and Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, we’re launching APIARY 8 on July 9th, 2016. In this issue our authors interrogate fear. They recode the technologies of terror and depravity into a language of bravery, beauty, and tenderness. APIARY 8 asks: How do we live freely? How do we prevail against violence? How do we, also, resolve the injustice in our own hearts?
We don’t pretend to have the answers. Instead, we’re letting the visions, poems, stories, and artwork of local Philadelphians speak to our city.
Join us at 7 pm at the Painted Bride for the official launch of APIARY 8. Expect readings from over 25 APIARY authors, drinks, body art, afrobeats, and (of course) lots of dancing. For complete event details, please visit the APIARY x METROPOLARITY; Soft Targets Launch Party event page on Facebook. We can’t wait to celebrate with you.