Issue 3.45 (Fall 2021) guest-edited by Junie Désil and Phanuel Antwi harnesses the everyday presence of the weather to consider its entangled social, ecological, physical, and physiological forms. Gesturing to the work of Christina Sharpe, who reminds us that “the weather is the totality of our environments; the weather is the total climate; and that climate is anti-black,” this issue draws on the lived and living histories blueprinting our current atmospheres while also asking: What are some possibilities for living, moving, breathing, despite the climate we collectively find ourselves in?
With short-form and critical writing by Phanuel Antwi, Kimberly Bain, Bopha Chhay, Godfre Leung, Robin Simpson, and Rita Wong; poetry by Jordan Abel, JR Carpenter, Emily Chan, Junie Désil, Genevieve Fuji Johnson, Zehra Naqvi, Nnadi Samuel, yamagushiku shō, Ashley Sophia, and Sanchari Sur; a conversation with Benedicta Bawo and Maysa Zeyad where, in dialogue with our guest editors, they elucidate the kind of weather system Black support workers navigate on the frontlines; selected works from Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery until January 2022, as well as artwork by Lesley Loksi Chan who is also featured on the cover.
Meet our Guest Editors
Phanuel Antwi is an artist, organizer, and a teacher concerned with race, poetics, movements, intimacy, and struggle. He works with text, dance, film, and photography to intervene in artistic, academic, and public spaces. He is a curator, activist, and assistant professor at the University of British Columbia.
Image Credit: Joy Unaegbu
Junie Désil is a poet. Born of immigrant (Haitian) parents on the Traditional Territories of the Kanien’kehá:ka in the island known as Tiohtià:ke (Montréal), raised in Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg). Junie’s debut poetry collection Eat Salt|Gaze at the Ocean (TalonBooks, 2020) was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.