a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society

Rewilding Urban Life

Anjela Villarreal Ratliff


Taking Root

photo of plant growing in crack - Taking Root by Anjela Villarreal Ratliff
Seeds, like people, can take root in the harshest of soils; even firmly sprouting through encroaching concrete.

Cultura on Wheels

photo of decorated car - Cultura on Wheels by Anjela Villarreal Ratliff
An auto becomes a traveling canvas for a new level of creative expression.

We the People

photo of artists decorating abandoned walls - We the People by Anjela Villarreal Ratliff
Abandoned walls draw artists and spectators from all backgrounds to participate in true expression without restrictions.
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Anjela Villarreal Ratliff’s poetry has appeared in various publications, including Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga; Texas Poetry Calendar, Australian Latino Press, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems; Chachalaca Review, Boundless; riverSedge: A Journal of Art and Literature; San Pedro River Review, Pilgrimage, and is forthcoming in Women in the Southwest: From History to the Frontline; Poems for the Tricentennial – A Poetic Legacy; and Latinas: Protests and Struggles in the 21st Century USA. Her photos have appeared in Australian Latino Press, Pilgrimage Magazine, and San Pedro River Review. A native Tejana, Anjela lives in Austin, Texas.


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