West End Phoenix
The West End Phoenix, a monthly community newspaper for Toronto’s West End, launched in October 2017. Dreamed up by musician (Rheostatics), writer and publisher Dave Bidini, it is a home-delivered broadsheet devoted to telling the stories of a diverse, compelling and quickly evolving catchment, from the Junction Triangle to Parkdale, Christie Pits to Baby Point.
Contributors reflect the broadest range in both experience – from legendary voices to young writers – and perspective. Their views illuminate the catchment and transform the idea of a community newspaper.
“the only way for me to understand…why I took all these pictures…I was hungry…but I didn’t know…that I was…it’s like when you start eating…you realize how hungry you are…and when it came down to pictures…I now realize…how hungry I was…”
I find this on the last page of Liz Johnson Artur’s self-titled monograph. On the cover is a black and white photo of a Black girl with kind and curious eyes, hair pulled back into a puffy bun and a daisy flower on her ear. The discovery of this book leads me to acknowledge my own hunger and pursue further intensive research on Artur, a Russian-Ghanaian photographer and archivist.
grace: Notes on Surivial
"Grace: Notes on Survival is a collection of poems about devastation and creation, loss and recovery, change and uplift. Chiedza Pasipanodya’s raw emotional expression, intelligent optimism, and limber sense of rhythm take us into places in our own experiences when we learned to hope and persist. These poems are of the grace that catches us whenever we fall, the love that motivates survival." - Shangeetha Jeyamanohar, Editor
Paperback, 58 pages. 7.5' x 5"