So much of what we’ve been taught about literature, about writing, has come from people who do not look like us. When we see ourselves in the books that we read, it is often a very limited experience – it is about a grandmother’s sari or about the downtrodden Black Woman. It is about war, it is about violence, it is about houses with no phones, and children going to bed hungry. Yes, these stories need to be told, and yes, they are about our experiences, but I found myself asking the questions: why only these stories? and why only told in this way?
Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
REWRITE READS is the home of these untold stories. Our stories, as told by us. Reading through the many wonderful tales about talking furniture, textbook titties, life before we become humans, and late-night messages on MSN is a reminder of why we need to not only write our own stories but to also own and control the means onto which they are published.
This literary magazine would not have been possible without the help of an amazing team of Black Women: Jenn Augustine, Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed, and Aiwan Obinyan. Thank you to the readers who fervently read the eighty-plus submissions – Jenn, Niki Igbaroola, Tia Albert and Queer African.
Thank you to all of the contributors for trusting us with your work, and a very special thank you to Alison Isaac, who wrote the winning story of this inaugural issue. In less than 2000 words, Legacy beautifully captures the many themes, moments, and emotions around life and loss.
Last but not least, thank you to all of our supporters, followers, and well-wishers.
This is only the beginning.