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FOLIO Literary Journal, independently managed and edited by the MFA graduate students at American University since 1984. Folio is a nationally recognized literary journal sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences at American University in Washington, D.

C. Past issues have included work by Roxane Gay, Michael Reid Busk, Franny Choi, Billy Collins, Yumi Sakugawa, William Stafford, and Ivan Pinkava, as well as interviews with Michael Cunningham, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Baxter, Amy Bloom, Ann Beattie, and Walter Kirn. Folio is no longer accepting paper submissions. Please see http://www.american.edu/cas/literature/folio/ for details.

This is the LAST WEEK to submit your work for our 2022 issue, Worlds in Flux! Submissions close December 3rd! Submit her...
02/25/2022
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This is the LAST WEEK to submit your work for our 2022 issue, Worlds in Flux! Submissions close December 3rd! Submit here: https://foliolitjournal.submittable.com/submit

FOLIO Volume 37 (2022)SUBMISSIONS FOR VOLUME 37 OPEN ON OCTOBER 1, 2021 AND CLOSE ON DECEMBER 3, 2021.Heraclitus maintained that the very nature of life is flux, is change, and that to resist this change was to resist the essence of our existence.What could be more relevant today than the idea of Wo...

We’re open for submissions!! FOLIO is now accepting fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art submissions!Although o...
09/18/2020

We’re open for submissions!! FOLIO is now accepting fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art submissions!

Although our last two volumes were themed, this year we’re hosting general submissions. We encourage all those interested in submitting to write about anything that reflects the human experience— tap in to any creative inspiration you feel. Good luck!

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06/10/2020
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 Since early March, we have seen an uptick in layoffs, job cancelations, fellowship/residency delays, and more. We hear often how unprecedented these times are, and we applaud our essential workers, bang pots and pans for those burdened by frontline efforts. Art reminds us of our humanity, and yet,...

3-2-1 WE HAVE LIFT OFF! Our ALL SYSTEMS GO issue is here lit community! Join our online launch party TONIGHT at 8PM EST....
05/01/2020

3-2-1 WE HAVE LIFT OFF! Our ALL SYSTEMS GO issue is here lit community! Join our online launch party TONIGHT at 8PM EST. DM us for the link if you would like to attend! You can get your copy of our digital issue at:
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It's the final countdown! Our online launch party is tomorrow at 8PM EST. Open to all! If you would like to attend, DM u...
04/30/2020

It's the final countdown! Our online launch party is tomorrow at 8PM EST. Open to all! If you would like to attend, DM us for the link. You can purchase and download your copy of our digital issue at:
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Don't forget to launch off with us!! Get ready for our online launch party on May 1st at 8PM EST. Open to all! If you wo...
04/27/2020

Don't forget to launch off with us!! Get ready for our online launch party on May 1st at 8PM EST. Open to all! If you would like to attend, DM us for the link. We're SO excited that we are making our DIGITAL ISSUE available early! You can purchase and download your copy at the following link:
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We're counting down to launch Folio community!!! Our online launch party is taking place on May 1st at 8PM EST. Open to ...
04/20/2020

We're counting down to launch Folio community!!! Our online launch party is taking place on May 1st at 8PM EST. Open to all! If you would like to attend, DM us for the link. We're SO excited that we are making our DIGITAL ISSUE available early! You can purchase and download your copy at the following link:

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To our wonderful literary community - we are so excited to reveal the cover of our Spring 2020 Issue: All Systems Go!!!!...
04/17/2020

To our wonderful literary community - we are so excited to reveal the cover of our Spring 2020 Issue: All Systems Go!!!!! Copies will be available for purchase in digital and print form starting April 30th!! #allsystemsgo #areyoureadytogo #litcommunity #foliolitjournal #writingcommunity #writing #litcommunity #readyforlaunch #studentpress #literature #nonfiction #fiction #poetry

Hey Zone 3 Press we are loving your Fall 2019 issue. Check it out lit friends #friendswithfolio #literaryjournal #allsys...
03/06/2020

Hey Zone 3 Press we are loving your Fall 2019 issue. Check it out lit friends #friendswithfolio #literaryjournal #allsystemsgo #areyoureadytogo #writing #fiction #nonfiction #poetry

Hey past contributors! Have anything upcoming you want to promote? DM us and we'll share on our pages! We're hard at wor...
01/28/2020

Hey past contributors! Have anything upcoming you want to promote? DM us and we'll share on our pages! We're hard at work over here on our current issue! #allsystemsgo #areyoureadytogo #folio #pastcontributors #writingcommunity #writingfamily #getpublished

Breaking the system never felt so good #allsystemsgo #areyoureadytogo #literaryjournals #writingcommunity #fiction #nonf...
12/19/2019

Breaking the system never felt so good #allsystemsgo #areyoureadytogo #literaryjournals #writingcommunity #fiction #nonfiction #poetry #art #writerslife

We’re all set up at the @thewriterscenter holiday book fair!! Come check us out now until 3pm!! Also, it’s the final cou...
12/15/2019

We’re all set up at the @thewriterscenter holiday book fair!! Come check us out now until 3pm!! Also, it’s the final countdown writers! Our submission deadline closes today! Get those last minute submissions in! #areyoureadytogo #allsystemsgo #nonfiction #fiction #poetry #opensubmissions #getpublished #writingcommunity

Come stop by our table this Sunday from 12-3PM at @writerscenter Holiday Book Fair in Bethesda!!! #areyoureadytogo #alls...
12/12/2019

Come stop by our table this Sunday from 12-3PM at @writerscenter Holiday Book Fair in Bethesda!!! #areyoureadytogo #allsystemsgo #writingcommunity #nonfiction #fiction #poetry #writers https://www.writer.org/event/holiday/

Be a part of our system writers! December is still open for submissions! #nonfiction #fiction #poetry #opensubmissions #...
12/05/2019

Be a part of our system writers! December is still open for submissions! #nonfiction #fiction #poetry #opensubmissions #getpublished #writingcommunity #areyoureadytogo #allsystemsgo

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11/26/2019

This week we're #thankful for our readers and contributors! #allsystemsgo #areyoureadytogo #opensubmissions #nonfiction #poetry #fiction #writingcommunity #writers #submit #getpublished #literarymagazine

Hey writers! Our countdown is on and we still need your #nonfiction! #opensubmissions #fiction #poetry #getpublished #wr...
11/20/2019

Hey writers! Our countdown is on and we still need your #nonfiction! #opensubmissions #fiction #poetry #getpublished #writerscommunity #writers

#tbt to when we interviewed Walter Kirn for our 2010 issue! #folio #opensubmissions #writingcommunity #nonfiction #ficti...
11/14/2019

#tbt to when we interviewed Walter Kirn for our 2010 issue! #folio #opensubmissions #writingcommunity #nonfiction #fiction #poetry

#TBT to when Roxane Gay was published in our 2014 issue! #areyoureadytogo #allsystemsgo #opensubmissions #WritingCommuni...
11/07/2019

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What can we say? The last decade our writing's been colorful #areyoureadytogo #allsystemsgo #foliolitjournal #opensubmis...
10/22/2019

What can we say? The last decade our writing's been colorful #areyoureadytogo #allsystemsgo #foliolitjournal #opensubmissions #nonfiction #fiction #poetry#litjournal #writingcommunity #writing

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3-2-1 lift off!!! #callingallwriters Submissions for Volume 35 #allsystemsgo are officially open!!! Launch over to our submissions page to see our guidelines: foliolitjournal.submittable.com/submit #writing #writingcommunity #nonfiction #fiction #poetry #opensubmissions

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09/27/2019
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Meet our new Folio Team! Submissions officially open October 1st for our next issue: All Systems Go! #amwriting #literar...
09/18/2019

Meet our new Folio Team! Submissions officially open October 1st for our next issue: All Systems Go!

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First orders are going out! We're so happy to finally be sharing the World Tree issue with our contributors and subscrib...
05/07/2019

First orders are going out! We're so happy to finally be sharing the World Tree issue with our contributors and subscribers 🥰

Ordering is now open for FOLIO Volume 34! This volume is brought to you by our incredible editors @thewickedword, @yodel...
04/29/2019
Folio Literary Journal - SUBSCRIPTION ONLY! FOLIO Volume 34 (2019): single issue purchase **PREORDER**

Ordering is now open for FOLIO Volume 34! This volume is brought to you by our incredible editors @thewickedword, @yodelnyc, @melody415, and Shanique Carmichael, who put so much love into these pages!

In addition to some incredible poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, this volume includes an interview with award-winning author @SoniahKamal, who wrote "An Isolated Incident" and "Unmarriageable" (2019), a Pride and Prejudice retelling set in Pakistan. Don't miss it!

FOLIO VOLUME 34 (2019) COMING MAY 12TH, 2019 PREORDERS WILL SHIP ON OR AROUND MAY 8TH In this issue: an interview about finding universalities with Soniah Kamal, author of Unmarriageable; the winners of FOLIO’s annual Editor’s Prize: “Ode for an Ode on a Grecian Urn” by M.B. McLatchey (Poetr...

Congratulations to MB McLatchey! She's the recipient of FOLIO's Editor's Prize for Poetry in our upcoming issue. We're t...
04/22/2019
M.B. McLatchey

Congratulations to MB McLatchey! She's the recipient of FOLIO's Editor's Prize for Poetry in our upcoming issue. We're thrilled to publish this lovely piece!

Congratulations to Joseph Cárdenas (@chamaco_chamuco) for receiving FOLIO's Editor's Prize for non-fiction this year! "Y...
04/22/2019

Congratulations to Joseph Cárdenas (@chamaco_chamuco) for receiving FOLIO's Editor's Prize for non-fiction this year! "Young Dioses" is an affecting piece about the truth about family lore and how it moves us. We're honored to publish it!

Every year, FOLIO is thrilled to select an Editor's Prize piece in each genre we publish.Congratulations to @CarlyHusick...
04/17/2019

Every year, FOLIO is thrilled to select an Editor's Prize piece in each genre we publish.

Congratulations to @CarlyHusick (Fiction)!! Our fiction editor @melody415 called 'Related Disorders' "the kind of story that sticks with you. With real skill, Carly Cusik shows the complex emotions that can both strain and bind together a family." Check it out in our 2019 issue!

We are so excited to share our cover art for our latest issue! Thank you Megan Dignan for sharing your talent with us! C...
02/08/2019

We are so excited to share our cover art for our latest issue! Thank you Megan Dignan for sharing your talent with us! Check out Megan's work here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/megdig

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Ghost of We Charge Genocide John Burl Smith I have always been told not to believe in “spooks” or that “ghosts” are not real! And for all of my life I have adhered to that admonition religiously; that is until last week (5-2-2021). Spooky things began happening when Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Monday, while speaking to the National Community Reinvestment Coalition regarding a “just economy.” Power said “The recovery is gathering strength and it has been slower for those in lower-paid jobs; this means while the recovery is gathering strength, it has been slower for low-paid workers,” nothing scary about that; this has always been their position in the American economy. However, back during the height of the pandemic, such low-paid Americans were called “essential works,” and to justify their sacrifices, higher-paid workers were quick to say “we are all in this together.” Power continued, “Among the top quarter of earners, just 6 percent were unemployed in February, while the figure was 20 percent among the lowest quarter of workers.” That figure reflects almost a deficit 31/2 times for low wage workers. Power declared, “The economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic has been slower for low earners and racial minorities, exacerbating inequality even as it gains steam. Similar to a child, peeking from behind a door at strange creatures, Powell said “Those least able to bear the burden” of the pandemic were hit the hardest. College-educated workers were 20% less likely to be laid off last year as the pandemic took hold, an 8-point margin, while Black and Hispanic prime-age workers saw a 12% (8-points greater margin), relative to their white counterparts.” There was no mention of the impact on younger workers, some of which have to maintain full time employment, while still in high school, which is very horrifying. Citing data from a new report on household economics, Power went on, “Some 67% of Asian- and Black-owned small businesses and 63% of Hispanic-owned firms had to reduce operations compared with 54% for their white counterparts, which is where most young workers find employment. Even more frightened by the turn of pandemic fallout, was child care, an area that had the most significant level of economic disruption of low income households. While 22 percent of all parents stopped working because of disruptions to in-person school or child care, the percentage rose to 36 percent among Black mothers and 30 percent among Hispanic mothers. If those numbers were not scary enough, then like whistling on a haunting walk passing a graveyard, Republicans tried to frighten white Americans with headlines like “Squad Member ‘Rep. Cori Bush’ Calls America ‘Racist AF’ as a Backer of Defunding St. Louis Police!” The article by Christina Zhao explained the first term Missouri Democratic Representative’s statement, “Our communities wouldn’t have needed to spark a national movement to save Black lives if America weren’t racist AF. In my district St. Louis, which includes all of the city of St. Louis and a large part of St. Louis County, between 2009 and 2019, 179 people were killed or died in custody of local police, as reported by ArchCity Defenders. The figure represented the highest number of police killings per capita among the largest 100 police departments across America. St. Louis is ranked by Neighborhood Scout as one of the country’s most dangerous cities.” Such hair raising statistics should frighten the most stout hearted among us, considering St Louis’ police budget ranks among the highest in the nation, and yet ranks among the country’s most dangerous cities. Facing such terror, one has to ask, why are black people paying police to kill them on the streets or in their homes and beds? It seems black taxpayers in St. Louis is paying a “slave catchers” style police force to kill them. This has not always been the case, if one looks back beyond 2012, when Trayvon Martin was murdered and in the 1980s, one finds a definite difference in statistics. I lay the variance at the feet of Ronald Reagan, whose election theme was “Law and Order.” Making good on that promise, Reagan defunded mental health services and other federal government funded social services and signaled states to do the same. He defunded almost all health and human services, while cutting welfare—aid to dependent children, the elderly, disabled, the mentally and physically challenged, as well as rent assistance and drug treatment along with other rehabilitation programs. Reagan shredded America’s social safety net with his pitch to save taxpayer dollars and give some back in tax cuts. This was Reagan’s strategy to unite white people under his sun-belt coalition of western and deep-South states. Beneath it all was a not so subtle racism that was symbolized by “fighting crime in black community.” The money for Reagan’s “war on crime” came from defunding America’s social safety net of services to needy and low income Americans, only to pour those dollars into police and sheriff departments. The thing is during those times crime was relatively low compared to today, and police budgets were half as much as today. My point is defunding is not a new concept; other government agencies have been defunded before today. The thing is back during those occasions defunding was called “budget cuts” and fiscal conservatism, but did not apply to police departments, which continually received increases. Hence, defunding, like a ghost from the past, today nearly half of some municipalities budgets go to policing. Those efforts were led by Republicans, which consistently sought to cut social programs to buy police military grade equipment and higher salaries. Was everyone in America scared out of their minds as Republicans defunded the social safety net, which would have saved hundreds of lives during the pandemic, instead of the police forces they bought killing black people like a plague? So here is where I became convinced ghosts, at least one, are real. Today, while trying to revert by to the practice of funding social services by redirecting funds that were taken out of these areas through budget cuts by Republicans, when this defunded began in the 1980s, Republicans are crying Crocodile tears, pretending not to remember the burial of social services, especially Mitch McConnell, who drove the death wagon to the graveyard. Defunding social services was a big hit across the sunbelt and western states, like cowboy hats in Texas. Ronald Reagan, who donned a cowboy hat, pretending to be a good guy, was Republican’s “demigod,” now they worship the golden statue of Donald Trump, pretending defunding police will be a sacrilege or crime against humanity. Simple logic would predict, if crime went up, when social services were defunded, refunding social services would cause a decrease in crime!!! This is when ghosts from the past began popping out in broad daylight, like lightning from a clear blue sky, not in the dead of night or during a full moon, not even at the stroke of midnight, as with Ebenezer Scrooge. No, they were like lullabies in the arms of my mother, reading an article by Meghan Roos (4-27-2021). A remarkable turnabout, which I and millions of descendants of American slavery have prayed would appear, like a guardian angel, but never thought, would actually happen. Roos’ story announced the findings of an independent commission, on behalf of the International Criminal Court, charged America with “systemic racism” inherently reflected in “American police violence against Black Americans.” The commission findings charged “police treatment of American descendants of slavery constitutes crimes against humanity.” Going back to Pres. Barak Obama’s administration the ghost of racism haunted the World Conference Against Racism 2001 (WCAR). The prospect of acknowledging America racism frightened Secretary of State Hillary Clinton so she blocked the petition a coalition of Black activists submitted to WCAR, which charged the United States with racism. Even though Former US Rep. Cynthia McKinney led our effort at WCAR, America would not recognize the deep seated racial inequities Black Americans endured. The ghost that appeared last week was not frightful, because I had stumbled upon it, during research years after WCAR. “We Charge Genocide” was like an Archangel, armed to slay the demon racism. The ghosts of Paul Robeson and William L. Patterson rose from the grave to as their efforts presenting “We Charge Genocide” to UN Secretary-General Trygve Halvdan Lie at the United Nation in 1951 were vindicated by the finding of this Independent Commission. Way back then Robeson and Patterson’s petition “We Charge Genocide” demand that the UN allow slavery’s descendants be allowed to speak on their own behalf to the world, as other oppressed and exploited people were being granted. Not one nation, not even one African nation, stood with America’s slavery’s descendants or even acknowledged “We Charge Genocide” existence or stood behind the UN’s genocide convention of 1948. Consequently, with the announcement of the finding of presented their petition With its report the ICC freed two other ghosts from their grave of silence, Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who police in the person of J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI in 1963 and 1968. The truth of Dr. King’s assassination was buried in a vault, by the US House of Representatives since 1978, but today like a ghost, even that truth will escape. Abandoned by the world slavery’s descendants, have crawled out of the grave one more time to stand before a world that turned its back on them. The other ghost in this haunting tale is “The 400th” From Slavery to Hip Hop, which bring these and many other stories alive in its pages will no longer be an apparition, as it gives form to the haunting reality the ICC and its commission’s report points it accusatory finger at the US. The world had turned it back on slavery’s descendants’ denying their humanity, since the first kidnapper African soul was dragged aboard a slave ship. From that moment 400 years ago, enslaved Africans have endured the degradation of chattel bo***ge, suffered through their penniless emancipation, victimized by segregation, lynching, economic and legal disenfranchisement to reach today as to be lambs of police slaughter, yet and still they stand forth having survived what no other human beings have been force to endure. However this time around, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Executive Branch of the US Government and the U.S. Congress are all talking about holding hearing on the legacy of American slavery and its aftermath. Internationally, the commission called upon the global community to support the ICC investigation into systemic racist police violence in the US under Article 7 of the court’s Rome Statute, which covers crimes against humanity, well as the UN’s convention of Genocide, which America supported against Turkey’s Armenian genocide. Today, European nations, which began the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in 1452, remain silent. Nations like Australia, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom are among the Rome signatories, along with 123 others Nations. However, the US is not among them. America is not an ICC member, like it was not a member of the climate change accord, until Pres. Biden reinstated the US. America’s refusal to sign such agreements, only points up it racist history and continued refusal to recognize descendants of American slavery as human begins. George Floyd's death inspired debate at the UN 's HRC, which decided in June to create a report assessing how systemic racism and police conduct impacts Black individuals around the world. Floyd’s family members and others who pushed for inquiries wanted the HRC to focus specifically on US policing, however, the U.N.’s global focus, prompted three American organizations—the US-based National Conference of Black Lawyers, the National Lawyers Guild, and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers—to launch an independent commission—The International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence Against People of African Descent in the United States. The U.N.’s HRC says, “President Donald Trump backed away from focusing on systemic racism and police conduct in the US, while pressuring the UN not to respond or get involved in US domestic politics. Again, this is what happened when Paul Robeson and William L. Patterson file “We Charge Genocide.” Nevertheless, the International Commission launched its independent inquiry because of the UN’s refusal to act. “Under color of law, Black people are targeted, surveilled, brutalized, maimed and killed by law enforcement officers with impunity, as being Black is itself has been criminalized and devalued,” the report said. It went on to say, “The commission alleged there are international use-of-force violations within US laws and law enforcement practices, which the report described as a “national pattern” of targeting Black individuals as a result of racial stereotypes. Those stereotypes result in law enforcement officials “targeting” Black individuals “based on racist associations between Blackness and criminality.” The scarcity of independent reviews to assess citizen deaths while in police custody and the military equipment local police departments received from the Pentagon—the report cites $5.4 billion in such equipment dispersed since the U.S. declared a “Global War on Terror” following the attacks of September 11, 2001— have further contributed to the problem. The U.S. Department of Justice subsequently announced an investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis, and earlier this week announced a similar investigation into the Louisville Police Department in Kentucky, where Breonna Taylor died in her bed, after she was shot by police. During a news conference on Tuesday at which several of the commissioners spoke, Commission Coordinator Lennox Hinds said 44 cases we looked at only represent “the tip of the iceberg of the systemic nature of the pandemic of racist police violence” against Black Americans. The United Nations logo is displayed at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, still the US isn’t a member of the international court, it does have UN membership, Hinds pointed out. “The United States does not want to be condemned before the United Nations, or before the international community.” Commissioner Peter Herbert of the United Kingdom agreed, but suggested Pres. Biden’s administration may be more sensitive to the international reputation of the US than was formal Pres. Donald Trump. The protests against systemic racism that started in the US last year before spreading around the world served as “a reminder that the United States is not above the law,” Herbert said.