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The American South

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ISSUE THREE

The American South

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ISSUE THREE

The American South

 

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WISH YOU WERE HERE: A Constellation Playlist

 

 

Featured Contributors

 

Welcome to Crawfish Season

Photographer Emily Alben shoots friend and muse Christ Moses in the swamplands of New Orleans

 

MEET FRANCHELLE LUCAS

The Houston-raised singer-songwriter on art as a social responsibility, finding the time to be human, and embracing slowness in the creative process

 

TEXAS SUMMER HEAT

A comic by Clare Drummond

 

A WORD (OR SEVERAL) FROM POMEGRANATE

The co-founders of a poetry newsletter you should know about share their recommendations for summer stanzas

 

MEET GABRIELLE GAMARELLO

GG, as her friends call her, talks leaving city life to birth a concept shop in the vivid creative community of downtown Marfa, Texas

 

ONE TO WATCH: AKILAH WALKER

The emerging stage and screen actress on how Atlanta, Georgia shaped her, her favorite women in Hollywood, and why more films should tackle stories set in the Deep South

 

BRONWYN WALLS

New Orleans-based artist Bronwyn Walls on how geographic displacement has found a home in her work

 

CARRYING LANDSCAPES

A diary drive through the American South by Emma Cohen

 

CAROLINE SALLEE

The Austin-by-way-of-Alabama songwriter, known as Caroline Says, on leaving home for new terrain—and finding her voice somewhere between truth and fiction.

 

WISH YOU WERE HERE

Using tropical flora, hand-crafted resin pieces, and her personal collection of mid-century Florida memorabilia, designer Rika Mady arranges a series of still lifes inspired by three very different cities in the sunshine state.

 

MEET LA’SHAUNAE STEWARD

A conversation on navigating identity in the public eye, Steward’s game-changing new collaboration with Jeffrey Campbell, and how the fashion industry can better meet the needs of plus-size models and consumers

 

ONE TO WATCH: CAITLIN CARVER

The Huntsville, Alabama-raised actress reflects on reconnecting with her roots, playing Delilah in The Delta Girl, and why she wants to see the South more authentically represented on screen

 

INSIDE THE DELTA GIRL

Jaclyn Bethany on coming to terms with her Mississippi roots—and why she decided to turn her lens on the state’s complex history for her forthcoming short film

 

MEET MILLICENT SIMMONDS

The deaf, teen actress making major waves in hollywood and beyond

 

MEET HELEN RICE

The co-founder and creative director of full-service agency Fuzzco offers a glimpse inside her curiosity-driven company—from sunup to sundown.

 

KIMBERLY ALEAH

The filmmaker on making the work she wants to see in the world—and elevating young creatives in the process

 

IN CONVERSATION: MAUDE SCHUYLER CLAY

The famed southern photographer opens up about her complicated relationship to Mississippi, her home state, and what she learned from watching her cousin William Eggleston—widely considered one of modern photography’s most prominent artists—at work. Plus: her advice for young artists (take note!)

 

NATALIE KINGSTON

The New Orleans-based cinematographer on film’s ability to foster empathy, her feature, Lost Bayou, and how to spend the perfect day in her home city

 

JETTY COMES TO LIFE

From late-night Cheetos runs to spontaneous dance parties to fields of yellow flowers, here’s a glimpse behind the scenes of the Huntsville, Alabama-set short

 

MEET HALEY FICA

The Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia-raised dancer and Columbia graduate student on studying quantum physics in Chile, finding support in—and out of—institutions, and her favorite celestial body

 

MEET TEA LEIGH AND KELLI KIKCIO

The Texas and Toronto-raised artists and founders behind Brooklyn-based tattoo studio and community space, Welcome Home, explain why we need more “radical softness” in the tattoo industry

Last look by Texas-based photographer Lauren Withrow