Issue XII: Spring 2013


Issue XII: Spring 2013

Featuring writing from Fall 2012 and Winter 2012

Welcome back for another installment of Dig Deep, NY Writers Coalition’s online journal! This quarter’s issue showcases prose and poetry in a variety of voices on topics of  memory, love, family, and new beginnings. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed watching them evolve through the writing process.

This issue, we’ll also dig deep with poet Arisa White in a stirring essay about finding the voice of her characters and how she ensures those voices remain authentic in her writing, with artwork contributed by Zoe Frederick. Enjoy!



About Dig Deep’s Contributing Artists

Contributing Workshops: 14th Street Y80 ArtsCollege & Community FellowshipIsabella Geriatric Center, and the Osborne Association


Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow, an MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of the chapbooks Disposition for Shininess and Post Pardon, and the full-length collections Hurrah’s Nest and A Penny Saved. Her debut collection, Hurrah’s Nest, was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award.

Arisa is the Co-editor for HER KIND, the official blog of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and the editorial manager for Dance Studio Life magazine.  She has received numerous residencies, fellowships, and  scholarships from Rose O’Neill Literary House, Hedgebrook, Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference among other. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005, her poetry has been widely published and is featured on the recording WORD with the Jessica Jones Quartet.Arisa is a native New Yorker, living in Oakland, CA, with her fiancé and is currently working on adapting her chapbook, Post Pardon, into an opera.

Zfrederick2Zoe Frederick is a figurative painter. Throughout her entire life she has  found her identity within the emotional exchange and bonds present in her female friendships. Those conversations have provided her with a space to interpret experiences and to engage in a reciprocal self-discovery. Zoe’s paintings are therapeutic reworkings of female relationships in her daily life. Fleeting moments and strange actions are twisted into off-kilter fictions. Emotions are reoriented in ambiguous domesticity, an often dissonant non-reality. The care and occasional abuse evident in power dynamics and physical intimacy peek out from behind fast and fluid markmaking adhered to discarded materials. Unearthly bizarre colors vary from thick to thin within cropped frames of unstretched canvas.