Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Rebel Girls

Pay it Forward . . . with Poetry

Written by Amber Dawn author of How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir
Don’t let my new book’s title, How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir, lead you to believe I am a poetry expert. Besides “A rose is a rose is a rose” and “You do not do. Anymore, black shoe” I cannot recite Gertrude Stein or Sylvia Plath from memory. I would do a hack’s job at defining Concrete Poetry, Ghazals, Los Contemporáneos, PoesyBeat or any other literary movement. I do know that transcendentalist poet Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: "In the order of nature we cannot render benefits to those from whom we receive them . . . but the benefit we receive must be rendered again, line for line, deed for deed, cent for cent, to somebody." Emerson was writing about the age-old idea of paying it forward.
 

Bible Quiz: Competition in a Christian Subculture

Written by Nicole Corrales|Photos courtesy of Nicole Teeny

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with award-winning short film director Nicole Teeny about her first feature documentary, Bible Quiz, which follows seventeen-year-old Mikayla as she memorizes thousands of Bible verses on her quest to win the National Bible Quiz Championship (and the heart of JP, her quiz team captain). Winner of Best Feature Documentary at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival, Bible Quiz explores coming-of-age in the midst of faith, doubt, fierce competition, and teen love. The film’s protagonist, Mikayla, is portrayed as a freethinking, independent young woman who manages to reconcile her own beliefs regarding God and sexuality in spite of being immersed in a somewhat unforgiving subculture.

 

Françoise Cactus: The (Stereo) Total Picture

Written by Amanda Otto|Photos by Christopher Voy

Making music to drown your sorrow to seems a lot more prevalent nowadays than its counterpart—making music that’s actually fun to listen to! Stereo Total’s new album Cactus Versus Brezel supplies you with just that: tunes that make it hard to keep the smile off your face. The band has kept the same joyful electro-garage pop standard going for the past twenty years, and I was honored to have the opportunity to interview one half of the multilingual duo, Françoise Cactus. Apart from her involvement in the group she is truly a modern-day Renaissance woman and an inspiration to artistically driven females across the globe.

 

She is the Parade: An Interview With Sabrina Chap

Written by Katy Otto|Photos by Dave Sanders
It felt fitting to interview Sabrina Chap, author, speaker, and songwriter, about her sophomore release We Are the Parade—after all, our friendship got a jumpstart after I interviewed her for Sadie after her first release, Oompa! This newest album, out this past fall, came at the same time as the talented New Yorker’s reissue of Live Through This, an anthology she edited on women, creativity, and self-destruction.
 

Heavenly Dreaming With Tamaryn

Written by Lisa Butterworth|Photos by Amanda Charchian
“There are a lot of amazing bands with amazing women in them and I’m just entering into that lineage and trying to add my own voice,” Tamaryn tells me over the phone from her temporary hometown of Los Angeles in December. “I think it’s really important to honor what’s happened before.” The New Zealand–born vocalist clearly does.
 

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