First Issue

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The Olive Press: Issue One

Founding Editors: Caley Breese, Sara Horton, Ashley Jarman, Emily Shaw, Olivia Springer, Cameron Sutton, and Elvis Williams, Jr.

Editors:  Tyquan Edwards, Jamal McNeill, Rachel Southerland.

From The Editors:

We are happy to share with you this first issue of The Olive Press.

The process of building the issue asked that we fully embody our values of courage, honesty, and respect.  We read and discussed submissions, interacted with writers, checked facts, and edited work.  We considered art and explored issues of design. The stories, narratives and poems gathered here  capture the thinking and creative imagination of the writers. The editors who have built these pages took part in the creative act as well, setting the type and adding images they hope add to the reading experience.

The act of writing asks that the writer bare something of his or her soul.  Reading asks that we look inward as we consider and make sense of ideas. If it is true that literature and art teach us something about what it means to be human, we hope you find ideas here that both lift your spirit and challenge your perspective. In the words of author Edward de Bono: “Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”

We hope the images and words shared here stir your thinking and your imagination.

Table of Contents : Alphabetical by last name

1. Ryne Beddard: Falling in Love With Icebergs

2. Ashley Hines: My Nanny

3. Ashley Jarman: Tangled Love

4. Linda Linton: The Sandwich Generation

5. Brianka Morgan: Shadow of the Cross

6. Cameron Sutton: On Home

7. Shameka Tapscott: Outcry of a Black Woman

8. Katherine Wolfe: Winter at Grandmother’s House



Artwork Acknowledgements:

  1.  Sara Michelle: link
  2. Trilok Rangan: link
  3. Johnia: link
  4. Sara Michelle : link
  5. Sparkleice: link
  6. Moyan Brenn: link
  7. Mark Rain: link
  8. Mark Bray: link