Nomadic by nature, SITUATE is a content-rich online periodical that uses place as the grounding point for each issue. Every three months we shift geographic focus to provide an in-depth look at a different city or small country. Because we understand and honor the fact that cultures often have unique traditions of storytelling, or of approaching contemporary matters, the types of content vary as a reflection. Thus in a given issue you may see investigative reporting, interview/profile pieces, essays, memoir, short fiction, oral narratives (as audio or video content), photo essays, and occasional poetry. Additional material is uploaded between issues in the form of blogs, podcasts, short films, music playlists, and reader-supplied content (anecdotes, comments, etc.).
We source the bulk of each issue from local contributors and a minimum from staff. In doing so, we aim to provide an in-depth and multifaceted anthology of the voices that comprise and fill out a physical location.
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(Vancouver) Khari Wendell McClelland is a diversely talented and ever-evolving musician. Originally from Detroit, Khari has become a darling on the Vancouver music scene with reviewers lauding his performances as a clever mix of soul and gospel. Khari’s songwriting crosses genres and generations, invoking the spirit of his ancestors who straddled the United States-Canada border in efforts to escape slavery and discrimination. His music draws from this rich history, integrating the rhythms and folklore of early African-Americans with contemporary sounds and stories of struggle. Recently, Khari received critical acclaim for his Freedom Singer project, recreating the music fugitive slaves carried on their journey north into Canada. Whether on stage or in the studio, Khari’s passion for community, equality and justice is palpable, as is his belief in the redemptive power of music. His debut solo album Fleeting Is The Time is fresh off the press and it is a brilliant body of work. Some songs make you want to cry, others make you want to dance, while many make you want to do both. Khari’s recent jazz festival performances in Halifax, Winnipeg and Vancouver left audiences and reviewers wanting more. Opening for both Andra Day and Ms. Lauryn Hill, Khari is at home with Soul and R&B giants. Khari’s performances are evocative and confirm how powerful his voice and stage presence are. He sings as if he swallowed an amplifier, reaching the last seats in the room with operatic clarity. Khari’s poetic mind and open heart are omnipresent in his genre-defying music. He is a rare breed and reminds us why we love genuine music.
C.W. Cannon was raised in New Orleans, where he graduated from Orleans Parish Public Schools. His work has appeared in Other Voices, Third Coast, Exquisite Corpse, American Book Review, New Orleans Review, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune, among others. He has been anthologized in In Our Own Words: a Generation Defining Itself, Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?, Louisiana in Words, and New Orleans by New Orleans. His novel, Soul Resin (FC2 Press, 2002), a New Orleans ghost story, was hailed by Luis Alberto Urrea as “truly original.” His latest novel, Katrina Means Cleansing (47 Journals Press, 2015) was written for young adult/middle grade readers. His writing is found most frequently today in The Lens, where he contributes essays on New Orleans culture, the south, and race. Such work earned him the 2014 New Orleans Press Club Award for Best Column. He currently teaches writing and New Orleans Studies at Loyola University. Look for his upcoming novel, French Quarter Beautification Project, on Lavender Ink/Dialogos Press in Fall 2016.
Melisa Cardona is the daughter of two Latino immigrants, raised between Atlanta, GA, and her parents’ native land of Medellin, Colombia. Acting was her first love, but while abroad in Ireland she fell for visual arts and multimedia collage. After moving to New Orleans to act, she instead discovered still pictures, then moving ones too. She considers herself a storyteller from both sides of the lens. What moves her most is the opportunity to tell tales that reflect her international diversity and inspire positivity in this polluted yet beautiful world, for a new mañana.
Meaghan Clark is a freelance journalist and former newspaper editor who calls New Orleans home. A native Torontonian, she has written for American and Canadian journals and newspapers and is thrilled to contribute to SITUATE. In addition to working as a journalist, Clark does freelance communications and public relations for small businesses in the New Orleans area.
Lucas Díaz is a writer pursuing a doctorate in the City, Culture & Community program at Tulane University. He received his MFA from the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop in fiction and has published a short story collection titled Passing Unseen. His liner notes and narrative for Irvin Mayfield’s 2005 Strange Fruit suite received favorable reviews from the The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and Jazz Times. As a grant writer, Lucas has secured millions of dollars for New Orleans area non-profits, including Puentes New Orleans, an organization he co-founded in 2007. He has written engagement policies for the City of New Orleans, and published an article based on this work in the 2015 Connections, a Kettering Foundation publication. Recently, he co-authored a drama series concept and pilot episode with Hal Clark, Jr., which he hopes finds a production home in the near future.
George Ingmire produces an internationally syndicated radio program, “New Orleans Calling”, for WWOZ in New Orleans. He also works in film as both a sound recordist and field producer in documentaries. He holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis on music, food, and daily life, as well as an MFA in film production with a documentary focus. When he’s not working on documentaries, he can be found in the spice aisle or at the seafood market.
Alex Johnson grew up on a farm in Georgia’s Appalachian foothills. After college in Athens, he worked for Rep. Jim Marshall and Sen. Mary Landrieu in Washington, D.C. and took fiction classes at The Writer’s Center. While at Tulane Law School, he workshopped short story fiction at Loyola’s Walker Percy Center and worked at Faulkner House Books. Two short stories were short-listed finalists in the 2015 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, and he presented at the 2015 Words & Music Festival. His essays, book and music reviews, and other writings, have appeared in OffBeat, NOLA Defender, and www.FaulknerHouseBooks.com. Alex is a member of the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance and has forthcoming publications in the Double Dealer and the Georgia Law Review.
Raymond “Moose” Jackson is a resident of New Orleans where he wears the hats of poet, playwright, musician and actor. He wrote several plays incuding Loup Garou, Cry You One, and Pressure Cooker for the Soul. He plays with the band Shock Patina, and when he’s not making art he works as a bouncer in a heavy metal bar.
Olivia Motley is an experimental photographer, filmmaker, and visual artist determined to shine a light on the bizarre and fantastical moments life presents. Director of the short film, FLOTSAM, part of SITUATE’s upcoming issue. Based out of New Orleans, daydreaming regularly.
Maurice Carlos Ruffin is a graduate of the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop and member of the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance and the Melanated Writers Collective. He has had work appear in numerous publications across the country, and is the winner of the 2014 Iowa Review Fiction Award, the 2014 So to Speak Journal Short Story Award and the 2014 William Faulkner Competition for Novel in Progress.
Nick Slie is a New Orleans-based performer, producer and cultural organizer who works with his company, Mondo Bizarro, to use art as a tool for understanding what makes us commonly human and individually unique. Nick’s creative endeavors range from interdisciplinary solo performances to large-scale community festivals, and from innovative digital storytelling projects to site-responsive productions. He has also been passionately engaged in rebuilding his hometown of New Orleans for over a decade, collaborating across sectors on a vast array of local performance and arts-based civic engagement projects.
Kezia Wineberg (Founder, Editorial Director) is a writer, graphic designer, painter, dancer, photographer, and migratory traveler who often prefers to embed in a place for a length of time in order to experience what lies beneath the surface. She has a BS in Psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans and currently works in the field of contemplative neuroscience, specifically on The Shamatha Project, a longitudinal multidisciplinary study of the effects of intensive meditation retreat. Despite scientific leanings (like her vintner and poet father), she breathes story.
Mark Carpenter (Web Designer) is an itinerant human who has traveled the world in recent years sharing and exploring various partner dances with hundreds of fabulous people. He has been designing websites and website components for half a decade and is excited to add his voice to world of high quality digital magazines.
Brianna McGuire (Business Consultant) is a plant pathologist and entrepreneur hailing originally from Tennessee. She loves a good story, especially those told by the people who lived them. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science and an M.S. in Plant Pathology from UC Davis. When she’s not studying strawberry and citrus diseases, she works at Foodful.ly, a business striving to eliminate household food waste with spoilage reminders and recipe suggestions.