PRINT ISSUE 2 You can now purchase The Rift's second print issue online and have it shipped to your home! (Click here to see a sample of The Rift print issue 2)
Text, like Henrietta Lack's cells, have outlasted their Big Bang source code, the Gutenberg printing press. It was the novel fractal the expanded its radius across religion, politics, literature and pop culture. These symbolic blue prints of possible worlds have long collided with soapboxes and visions of the anointed. Print is our vestigial limb, the amnesiatic memoir of our collective consciousness.
The Rift tackles the strawman construction of reality by academia and media in this issue and run it back, curating the palpitations & endnotes of history's hyper-ventilations. It is in this dizziness where we trace the constellations of our Purkinje tree once hidden by the light pollution of the spotlighted dais. The effigy of objectivity is burned in these pages, a sublime protest against the myth of modernity.
El Paso is more than the cartoonish trope of rivers and crossing, and the voices in this issue make the case for the unique fertilizations of ideas that come from its nourishment. Yes, #itsallgoodep, unless you look twice and remember how our future has changed.
PRINT ISSUE 1
The debut issue of the Rio Grande Rift is now available. The Rift is the newest alternative voice of the Southwest. The Print issues are exclusive essays and poems that are not available online.
The issue features bilingual works from local writers. It includes an essay on Segundo Barrio by Sylvia Aguilar Zeleny, a deep analysis of immigration in media by Jon Nehls, and introduction to immigration policy by Carlos Fidel Espinoza, a visit and interviews from the Rescue Mission, a quandry into the paranormal and historic districts of El Paso by Stella Maria Perry, poetry by Martin Letona and guest contributor Nancy Lechuga, as well as a fiction/nonfiction piece by Ryan Johann Perry.
The Rio Grande Rift Release party happened on January 16th at the Rock House. Here are some pictures of the event. We got to hear a little bit from all of the writers about their featured works in the magazine.
We also had Pasithea Dance Co. perform as well as Randy Maguire and Chris from Transparent City.