Neyat Yohannes

Neyat Yohannes

I'm a writer.

I write personal essays, reviews, news stories, grocery lists missing items that I really needed, subpar raps that I secretly think are at least mediocre, and tardy slips for late students.

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A History of Flamboyance is the sheer destruction of creation myths in violent shades shades of red. It considers the Church and Greek Mythology, but ultimately uses them as stepping stools to a greater, more honest truth.

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Neyat Yohannes on A NT by Elijah Pearson

Nearly anyone who grew up during the aughts has a twitter timeline riddled with lines on perpetual sadness, crippling ennui, and of course, tied for first place are anxiety and depression. For better or worse, we have a penchant for oversharing our current mental state. a nt proves that it’s for the better.

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Neyat Yohannes on ” Plastic Pájaros” by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

In Plastic Pájaros, Melissa meditates on the plight of the 20-something, future things, pained communication, life as a first-generation kid, and the strength of the women in her family.

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Neyat Yohannes on Surveys by Natasha Stagg

“One day, I was not famous, the next day, I was almost famous and the temptation to go wide with that and reject my past was too great.” (8) This is the story Natasha Stagg tells in Surveys with astounding exactness and understanding of that esoteric corner of the internet of which we all, at once, show disdain for and vie to be a part of.

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Neyat Yohannes on “Even This Page Is White” by Vivek Shraya

Vivek’s most recent effort is her arresting debut poetry collection, even this page is white. It begs a cover-to-cover reading in one revelatory seating. For the brown reader, these poems trigger vigorous nodding and for everyone else, this is a meditation on race and identity that demands accountability.

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Neyat Yohannes on “I’m Very Into You” by Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark

I’m very into you is, as Matias Viegener puts it in the Introduction, “the surviving correspondence between Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark.” (5) After happening upon each other in Australia while Acker was on a work-related trip, the two shared a tryst that ultimately turned into a frenzied game of email tag lasting a fortnight.

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Neyat Yohannes on “Hair,” by Amy Narneeloop

In this chapbook that serves as the index to Narneeloop’s ever-evolving parts, the award-winning, genre-bending writer documents her relationship to her body with matter-of-fact language and special attention to how her gender and racial identity come into play.

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Neyat Yohannes on “(MORE THAN) DUST.” by Jamie Oliveira

Jamie Oliveira is a traveling visual artist and writer. She is also an activist for women’s healing, which is beautifully apparent in her work. Her latest project, (more than) dust. is a powerful photo book that serves as a platform for sufferers of emotional abuse.

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Neyat Yohannes on “Your Sick” by Elizabeth J. Colen, Carol Guess, and Kelly Magee

Despite coming from the imaginative minds of three different writers, the stories in Your Sick coalesce in a way that seems effortless.