Mercury-Marvin Sunderland (he/him) is a transgender autistic gay man from Seattle with Borderline Personality Disorder. He currently attends the Evergreen State College and works for Headline Poetry & Press. He’s been published by University of Amsterdam’s Writer’s Block and UC Santa Barbara’s Spectrum. He’s @Romangodmercury on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Josh Steinbauer is an artist and filmmaker (Paper Stars, Cap’n Flapjack). His work has been seen in Heaven, Third Ward, No Moon, Gen Art, 3 Walls galleries, Harvard Art museum, American Folk Art Museum, and published in numerous culture sites like Nowhere, Terrain, Aerogram, Moving Poems, and the Times of India. He lives in NYC.
Magical realism and oral history interleave in this story inspired by 90s indie radio-show legend, Joe Frank. In five acts, “LEGACY” explores pandemic anxiety, art in isolation, Midwestern factory work, intergenerational trauma, and forgiveness, all within a quarantined apartment.
This piece features interviews with Janine Bumgarner and a soundtrack with new work from Nate Kinsella (Birthmark, American Football, Joan of Arc), Tom Assalin (Dragon Turtle, Shifting Harbor, Canadensis), Jacob Steinbauer (Every Bell And Whistle), and Kevin McHugh (Valence).
Mark Putzi received an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee in 1990. He has published fiction and poetry in numerous small press magazines. He has fiction forthcoming from The Coil and River River. Photography by P. M. Chatelain
“Contaminations” from the “In The Beginning” Series — Adriano Marinazzo is an artist, architect, and scholar. Their projects are interdisciplinary works that include digital experimentation, spirituality, music, and academic research. Has taught virtual architecture and contemporary art at the University of Florence. In 2014, invited to participate in the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Currently, a curator at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at William & Mary. These photos have been created during the recent pandemic. The current restrictions brought me to work in peripheral areas where human encounters are rarer. But even in these places of social exclusion, anthropization (and consequent visual contamination) affects our environmental perception. In these works, we see how electric street wires interact/interfere with our vision of the sky. We can understand how nature, like human beings, is easily vulnerable to contamination, especially in these challenging times.