Ep. 130 Conjure

This call for materials asked the question, What are you calling forward for 2021? The lit and music selected below is how contributors to this episode answered that question.


Loved Ones,

The end of 2020 is nearly upon us. Will you do us the honor of joining us in conjuring for 2021?

What will you call forward to support BLM, trans lives, the Land Back movement? What will you summon in the fight against climate change, colonization, cisheteropatriarchy, ableism, this COVID-19 pandemic, capitalism, white supremacy, the military industrial project, the prison industrial complex, the police?

How will you carry forward 2020’s momentum, lessons, and grief with intention, with analysis, with our ancestors?

What wondrous and imaginative futures are you conjuring for all of us and the ways we care for each other, including that which feeds us and that which we have the privilege to feed?

For this CFM, we ask for your spells and your visions of what 2021 will be and what it will need.

Send us your poems, your flash fiction, your flash creative nonfiction, your recipes, your love letters, your longings.


Noʻu Revilla: On our way to our favorite puakenikeni tree, we heard a riot of birds cackling at each other. The sound was strange & I couldn’t decide whether I was afraid or drawn to it. The sound grew louder & louder, and we realized that thousands of birds had flocked to a single, towering tree. Right next to the puakenikeni. When was I taught to choose between fear and inquiry? This poem conjures both.

Born and raised an only child on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu, Phylicia Murray continues to learn the importance of cultural diversity. 2020 has taught her so much about herself, the things she didn’t know and understand previously, and why it’s a sign of humility and strength to uplift the voices of groups that feel like they don’t have a voice. You can find Phylicia on IG @phyleesw0rld (that’s a zero in w0rld).     

Jen May Pastores lives in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, with her rescued pup named Pono, a spotted doggo with only one eyebrow. Together they brave the new world with frequent walks, naps, and snacks, conjuring ways to bring a smile across your face. You can find Jen on IG @jenmay.

Julia Lilly Katz aka yamammasan aka deborah downstein is a korean-jewish hustler with a heart of gold. a historian-nurse, ninja-poet, and aspiring rabbi-assassin, she insists on her duality as any gemini art ho would. her favorite place is kaneohe, where she raises 5 kids with the frenetic semitic beiruti beauty of her dreams, abir. IG @yamammasan

Timothy Dyke is a writer and teacher who lives with parrots in Makiki. He is the author of the chapbook, Awkward Hugger, the prose poem collection, Atoms of Muses, and the book-length poem MAGA, each published by Tinfish Press. In 2012, he earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Since 1992, Timothy has taught English to high school students at Punahou School.

Grace Iwashita-Taylor, breathing bloodlines of Samoa, England, and Japan. An artist of upu/words led her to the world of performing arts. Dedicated to carving, elevating, and holding spaces for storytellers of Te Moana nui a Kiwa. Recipient of the CNZ Emerging Pacific Artist 2014 and the Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant 2016. Highlights include holding the visiting international writer in residence at the University of Hawaii 2018, Co-Founder of the first youth poetry slam in Aoteroa, Rising Voices (2011-2016) and the South Auckland Poets Collective and published collections Afakasi Speaks (2013) & Full Broken Bloom (2017) with ala press. Writer of MY OWN DARLING commissioned by Auckland Theatre Company (2015, 2017, 2019) and Curator of UPU (Auckland Arts Festival 2020).

Jocelyn Kapumealani Ng is a lover of teri cheeseburgers, fat cats, and 90’s R&B n hip hop. Sometimes she arts, sometimes she fishes, but all the time she loves PhDJ. You can find her on IG @Jocelynkng.


  1. Noʻu Revilla‘s “Yellow-tipped & Mean”
  2. Lizz Wright, “When I Fall”
  3. Phylicia Murray‘s “Black Tracks”
  4. Beyonce, “Spirit”
  5. Jen May Pastores
  6. Leon Bridges, “Bad Bad News”
  7. Julia Lilly Katz‘s “Cosmonaut”
  8. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, “Nothing Without You”
  9. Timothy Dyke‘s “More of a Kaleidoscope”
  10. Joni Mitchell’s “Amelia”
  11. Grace Iwashita-Taylor
  12. Maisey Rika, “Tangaroa Whakamautai”
  13. Jocelyn Kapumealani Ng‘s “Notes on How to Spell-Cast when the World Is on Fire”
  14. The Isley Brothers, “For the Love of You”


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