With yesterday being Juneteeth,–yes, I’m late– it was a perfect day for Truancy Mag to release the latest issue of their small, indie and not-for-profit literary microzine. Its theme is #ownvoices, folktales and traditional stories from the African continent and diaspora.
Behold the gorgeous cover by Salim Busuru, an artist from Kenya, who is passionate about Africa and it’s progress. He also lets his studies of Africa inspire the comic and gaming projects he is pursuing with Avandu studios, where he is Creative Director.
Inside this issue you’ll find an editorial by editors Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Troy L. Wiggins, along with fiction and non-fiction by V. H. Galloway, Mame Bougouma Diene, R.S.A. Garcia, Zina Hutton, and me! Best of all, it’s free to read online!
The release of this issue is bittersweet for me.
I found out it will be Truancy’s last issue. Nin Harris, Editor-in-Chief and Founder/Creator of the Delinquent’s Spice & Truancy Creative Projects, is passing on the baton of featuring the stories of marginalized people. From her commentary on Twitter about the subject, when she started Delinquent Spice around 2010, there were almost no venues for the stories of marginalized people..
Nin goes on to say that she feels she can end the Truancy/Delinquent Spice project in peace as there are venues to take up the mantle of getting these stories told. Among the places she recommends are: FIYAH Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, Anathema Magazine (work by queer POC/Indigenous/Aboriginals), Arsenika, Rambutan Literary (work by Southeast Asians from all over the world), and Mithila Review.
So get your stories out there!
But first, read Truancy Issue 4. And check out the back issues of Truancy and Delinquent Spice free online.