Whether it be celebrities like Terry McMillan, winner of The American Book Award, or Oscar winner Lou Gossett or newcomers like Brynn Saito or Alex Maynard, since 1990, Konch has been publishing American and international writers of the highest merit. Konch is sustained by Ishmael Reed, Tennessee Reed and our readers, granting us an independence that those zines with corporate sponsorship lack. Contributors to Konch have submitted work that is innovative and serene, but we reserve the right to be rowdy. The Jim Crow Media and literary Scene Have Failed Us
In this issue, Marvin X, winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles award, writes about the film "Black Panther.”
We include poetry by the award winner, Lamont Steptoe, recipient of the 2002 Kuntu Writers Workshop Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry, from founders Rob Penny and August Wilson.
Suzanne Lee sends us a letter from Hanoi where she and her partner novelist Mitch Berman have been traveling.
Teaching novels by James Baldwin, I discovered his connection to Italians in Another Country, Giovanni's Room and Tell Me How Long The Train's Been Gone. I asked Professor Nancy Carnevale to write about this Nexus. Few have used poetry to address our contemporary crisis as Horace Mungin does in his poem, "America."
Beginning with this issue, Konch will begin a feature called “Genocide Watch”. In the past. US Genocide was done swiftly. Currently, the enemies of Blacks Browns and Reds have settled for a subtle less heavy-handed slow walking method. White supremacists like Nazi-funded Charles Murray have even suggested that some Whites can be eliminated. These crimes have been ignored by official historians who praise slave traders like Alexander Hamilton and Indian fighters like George Washington. But the United States will never achieve peace of mind until the ghosts our past are put to rest.
Finally, we attended a reading of Jessica Hagedorn's play, "The Gangster of Love," which will run at San Francisco's "Magic Theater" beginning in April. We took photos.
SPECIAL DISPATCH TO THE NEW YORK TIMES
NEW-ORLEANS, APRIL 16, 1873
Intelligence has just reached this city to the effect that a terrible and sanguinary riot occurred on Sunday last in Grant Parish [Louisiana], in the county of that name. The disturbance grew out of the increasing animosity which has existed between the negroes of Grant Parish and the whites of Rapides Parish, each color predominating in their respective localities.
All day Sunday the two factions quarrles at the Court house in the village town of Colfax, and the riot finally culminated in the Court house being set on fire by the whites and burned to the ground, together with from two to three hundred negroes who were unable to escape from the burning building. The unfortunate colored men were literally roasted alive in the sight of their enemies. Of all the whites who were engaged in the fight, there were only two or three who were killed our wounded, owing to the fact that very few of the negroes were in possession of arms or weapons.
The details of this sanguinary riot are quite shocking, and the news has created intense excitement throughout the city. It is understood that the United States authorities intend making a thorough investigation into the affair for the purpose of securing the punishment guilty parties, whoever they may be.
The war between the races, so constantly carried on in this distracted State, has seldom presented such a horrifying instance as this burning of a court-house filled with human beings. It is a scarcely credible, but the news is unfortunately too true for the reputation of our people.
In This Issue
- Editorial, Spring 2018 by Editor
- James Baldwin and the Black Italian Nexus by Nancy Carnevale
- Just Us and Jeff Sessions: Evidence by Justin Desmangles
- Letter from Hanoi 11-17 by Susanne Lee
- Image 1: Jessica Hagedorn with Laney College students at the rehearsal of "The Gangster of Love," which will premiere at the Magic Theater in April. Photograph by Ishmael Reed.
- Image 2: Jessica Hagedorn and Ishmael Reed. Photograph by Carla Blank.
- Image 3: Ishmael Reed with Laney College Students. Photograph by Carla Blank.