a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
I am an immigrant from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. I work across the media of printmaking, drawing, photography and poetic text. I incorporate images of mycelial networks, mushrooms and invasive plants into my work as metaphors for displacement, thriving in unlikely circumstances, migration and assimilation. Both poems and prints are driven by these questions: what emerges as fertile, as full of possibility when we recall a lost life and culture? Staring into unfolding climate catastrophe, how can we recognize seeds of renewal?
Tanja Softić works across the media of printmaking, drawing, artist book and poetry. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant, National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Visual Artist Fellowship and Soros Foundation—Open Society Institute Exhibition Support Grant. Her work is included in numerous collections in the United States and abroad, among them New York Public Library, Library of Congress Print Department and New South Wales Gallery of Art. She completed print projects at Tamarind Institute, Anderson Ranch’s Patton Print Studio and East Tokyo Mokuhanga Studio. She has collaborated with poets Beth Anderson, Brian Henry and Jane Satterfield. Her work has been published in Southern Review, Blackbird, Unsplendid and Delaware Review.