We wear the mask that grins and lies . . .” — “We Wear the Mask,” Paul Laurence Dunbar Tysha Wilson adjusted the disposable face mask over her nose and walked faster down the cracked sidewalk outside her grandmother’s house. The braids bundled together at the crown of her head acted like a counterweight and…

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Patricia A. Jackson

Patricia A. Jackson is a high school English teacher in Pennsylvania. Her debut novel Forging a Nightmare is a delightfully heretical urban fantasy with a Black-led cast of fallen angels, infernal warhorses, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. She has also published in the Star Wars universe, her latest tale “Gone to the Winner’s Circle” appears in From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi (August 2023). When not grading flash fiction, fighting right-wing book bans, or gaming, she is off spoiling her horses, Maya and Indy. Patricia is represented by Sara Megibow of KT Literary.

Ejiwa Ebenebe

Ejiwa Ebenebe (called Edge by most) is a Nigerian-Canadian artist. Although they currently live in Canada, they grew up in several places across the globe, which has given them a variety of experiences that deeply influence their approach to their creative work. Themes such as mystery and ornate opulence are an ongoing fascination (no doubt thanks to a steady diet of fairytales, mysteries, and horror stories in their childhood). They are also focused on adding to the representation of Black LGBTQ+ folks in the art world. To see more of their work, visit www.ArtOfEdge.com.

First Featured In: No. 21, spring 2024

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