Inaugural Issue
Volume One, Issue 1

Over the past few years, it has been my goal to help promote the diversity of writing in particular and art in general. As an editor and a poet, I gravitate towards the experimental, speculative and slipstream. The problem is, the vast majority of the aforementioned styles tend to be written (or at least published) by mostly white folks and white men specifically. We rarely see the brown and black alternative approaches to art but it's not for lack of trying. Most of us have been taught to 'work twice as hard' and many of us took it to heart. At Rigorous, we were really excited to see what products came from all that work and we were not disappointed. We received a variety of styles and sentiments and I am simply thrilled to be able to showcase both new names and familiar names with a range of ideas. While not every piece is overtly political, every time we as the marginalized create something we are being political. Our arts speak of our experiences and worldviews. It speaks from a perspective that has been minimized and silenced. The act of creation is a push back against a system that has historically ignored us. So, as long as we are creating, I want to be a part of promoting those creations. I want to be a liaison between artist and audience and artist and artist. Now, more than ever we need community. As we move forward into this new era of American policy, we need to be a support system and refuge. We need to be heard because somewhere somebody needs to hear what we're saying.

Kenyatta JP Garcia
for the staff of Rigorous
January 17, 2017

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