Moko Magazine: Issue 8


Moko is an online journal based in the Virgin Islands with a mission to provide “a space where both veteran and novice creators [can] share their work in the spirit of reciprocity and multiplicity.” Issue 8—which features a spectacular cover photo by Nadia Huggins—is now available. [Many thanks to Loretta Collins Klobah for bringing this item to our attention.] Here is the description about Moko’s current issue by Richard Georges and David Knight, Jr.:

In January, Richard flew to Georgetown, Guyana to take part in CaribLit’s Fiction Editing Workshop with experienced editors and supporters of Caribbean literature Jeremy Poynting (Peepal Tree Press) and Johnny Temple (Akashic Books). The week’s curriculum focused on publishing, marketing, as well as macro and micro editing for fiction. Also attending were Nailah Imoja (Barbados), Felene Cayetano (Belize), Jane King (St. Lucia), Joanne Hillhouse (Antigua), Kim Dismont-Robinson (Bermuda), Ruel Johnson (Guyana), Shivanee Ramlochan (Trinidad and Tobago), and Tanya Batson-Savage (Jamaica) all working editors and accomplished writers. As usual, the opportunity to network with editors/writers, the facilitators, and the co-ordinators was invaluable and all emerged from the workshop as thankful for the valuable skills learned as they were for the connections and relationships forged.

That collection of literati from various islands and countries reminds me of the striking image that we have chosen for our eighth cover comes from Nadia Huggins’ The Fishermen series, which is also included in this issue’s visual art section. Her study of boats and their hulls calls to mind the trope of boats as they appear in Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic (1993), symbols of the mass forced and voluntary migrations of peoples, religions, languages, and cultures to the Caribbean region over the course of centuries. As has become our custom in Moko, this issue we celebrate art and literature from across the diaspora from Anglophone, Hispanophone, and Francophone spaces with writers and artists based in Europe, North America, and the archipelago.

This issue, in addition to Huggins, we welcome Cuban painter Armando Mariño whose paintings seek to create a kind of ‘neo-historicism’. We have a robust poetry section full of beginnings and endings from poets new and old. Noel Quiñones presents a series of poems that struggle through the identities and histories of Puerto Rico, while Moko alum Andre Bagoo fresh off being longlisted for the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for his last collection BURN (Shearsman), treats us to a preview of his forthcoming Pitch Lake. Rounding out this section this issue is a selection by Anaïs Duplan from her forthcoming collection Take this Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press), as well as work from April Roach, Ronnel Nurse, Nia Andino, Arnulfo Kantun, and Althea Romeo-Mark.

We have the pleasure of publishing some exceptional fiction by H. K. Williams, Commonwealth Short Story Prize Winner Kevin Jared Hosein, and jennifer jazz. Lastly, we present an excerpt of M. J. Fievre’s A Sky the Color of Chaos in our Non-Fiction section. [. . .]

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