Don’t Pander to Your Presumed Reader: Jamel Brinkley in Conversation with Crystal Hana Kim

When I began Jamel Brinkley’s debut collection, A Lucky Man, I read slowly to draw out my time with his stories. I was astounded by the beauty and heartbreak in each scene, from teenaged Ty who wanders Brooklyn searching for an all-night revel with his younger brother in tow, to middle-aged Lincoln who has taken on the habit of surreptitiously photographing women on the train. At the same time, I felt an expansive quality to Jamel’s work; though it’s clear that he pays attention to each sentence, his characters don’t feel overly crafted or precious. These men are nuanced and complicated; they feel real.

Call for Fiction Readers

Apogee Journal is currently looking for several highly motivated and web-savvy readers to join our fiction team. We are a small but ambitious journal, having launched our 10th print issue earlier this year. We are now transitioning to an all-digital model to increase accessibility to the writing and art we publish. Currently, all positions at Apogee are unpaid, but we are pursuing funding and pay staff project-based stipends whenever possible. This role represents a chance to be mentored by the fiction editorial team, to read and select the chosen fiction, and to build  confidence and editorial skill. You will also get to work alongside a community of dedicated artists and activists with the mission to emphasize marginalized identities. The time commitment will be around 5-10 hours per week.

Place[meant]: Denise Low

Place[meant] is a recurring series that explores identity beyond the geopolitical and physical parameters that have come to define our sense of place. From a train in Queens to the cuff of a bodily spell, the poems in this series navigate place as both material terrain and residual traces of one’s memory. Place[meant] delves into how migration, diaspora, borders, technologies of power and control, biopolitics, and historical violence shape our identities, the powers of which are anything but benign.