Issue 16: Race

Jen Grabarczyk-Turner, Tara Ward

Collaborations on a Blue Jacket: Seattle Artist Spotlight on Tara Ward

In this interview, Seattle singer, songwriter, musician, artist Tara Ward (Late Tuesday, Urban Hymnal, Opiate Mass) discusses her first solo concept album, REVELATIONS OF A BLUE JACKET, a collaborative piece that included the work of a dozen visual artists.

Mark W. Westmoreland

The Revivification of Racial Reconciliation: Peter Heltzel’s Jesus and Justice, an Engagement with Evangelicals, Justice, and Race

A review of Peter Goodwin Heltzel’s JESUS AND JUSTICE, a book that traces the historical legacy of evangelicalism, particularly in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr. and Carl F. H. Henry; describes the impact of this legacy on four contemporary evangelical organizations; and suggests new ways of understanding race and political life in America.

Adam Falkner


In this poem by Adam Falkner, an awkward teenager endlessly practices his Michael Jackson dance moves.

Natalie Ball

Re-Imaging a Native American History of (Un)-Belonging

Through her paintings and contemporary installation art, Natalie Ball deconstructs known narratives of the Native American past and reconstructs them, intersecting her own stories with history by considering the authenticity of belonging, especially as defined by blood quantum, tribal binds, and ethnographic portraiture.

Carolyne Wright

Miss Brown to You

This poem by Carolyne Wright reflects on race-related tension between teaching assistants at the University of Washington in the 1960s.

Mark Traylor

Crossing the Road: Jesus on Race

Racial reconciliation and the parable of the Good Samaritan are both centered on rightly defining who owns what.

Rickey Laurentiis

Ghazal for Emmett Till

A poem in the ghazal form that elegizes Emmett Till, an African American boy who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 after reportedly whistling at a white woman.

Jen Grabarczyk-Turner

Art for the People: Emory Douglas

This exhibit, which is currently showing at the New Museum in New York City, showcases the works of Emory Douglas, a former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party.