Obamas - January 20, 2009

January 20, 2009

Turtle Magazine Issue III – OBAMA


Turtle had planned for this issue to be all fiction, but as we settled in to shape it, we found ourselves preoccupied with the biggest story of the year, the inauguration of Barack Obama.   We decided real life is simply too interesting right now.  There will be time for fiction later.

Sue Ann Rawlins reads “The Road to Freedom,” by Luta Tshihamba at our public reading, Gigi’s Cafe,  822 West 36th Street, Minneapolis, March 7, 2009.

We are not a news journal, nor do we have a political agenda.  But, we do hope to be a platform for people to offer their artistic comment, regarding their inner lives and the world around us.  As it turns out, the Obama inauguration offered a special intersection of those worlds.  People are feeling something personal about this civic event.  It isn’t a moment, or a pebble tossed into our passing Minnehaha Creek; it is a continental rerouting of the Mississippi River and Turtle wanted to slip into this current of personal impressions.  We hope you enjoy reading the results.

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Michael J. Aubart lives in South Minneapolis with his favorite topics: wife, three kids, and dog.

Ralph Burns co-directs creative writing at the University of Arkansas – Little Rock.

Caitlin Byrne enjoys volunteer work with children (internationally and locally) and the company of her Portuguese water dog, Rocky.

Martin Byrne completed a B Arch degree and thesis entitled Junkyard Systems: Entropic Architecture in 2007.

Rob Herman worked on Capitol Hill and Wall Street before moving back to his home state of Ohio in 2005.

Naomi Hornstein has been a strong Obama supporter, attended various rallies throughout the campaign and was in Washington D.C. for the inaugural.

Max Mitchell is a playwright, director and actor from Canada. The Spirit  & The Earth can be seen at http://www.revision-studios.com and Horror In The Wind is available at http://www.horrorinthewind.com

Maeve Nolan is a junior in high school and will vote for Obama in 2012.

Tim Nolan lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three children. A book of poems—The Sound of It—was published by New Rivers Press in 2008.

Zach Rice is 15 years old. He is a professional doodler and amateur sleeper.

Erika Ross is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She enjoys playing soccer and softball as well as listening to various types of music.

Luta Tshihamba first came to the U.S. in 1966 with her husband. They returned to the Congo in 1975 where she was involved in community organizing. They were forced to leave in 1997 due to political unrest and are now U.S. citizens.

Connie Wanek lives in Duluth and has a Copper Canyon Press book of poetry coming in late 2009.

Luke Zimmerman is an MFA student at Hamline University.