Flumes Vol. 5: Issue 1, Summer 2020 - Page 114

existential guidepost for anyone willing to read them, especially in these uncertain times. Such connections are as imperative now as when the expats had to rewrite the truth for yet another generation forced to bare the burdens of war and pestilence.

A hundred years later, it is our turn to light the way.

Sanghvi, Ami J.

Bio: Ami J. Sanghvi is a female, Indian-American, Hindu-Jain, queer author, visual artist, satirist, and MMA fighter. She’s published six poetry/poetic-prose books at this time (Amaranthine, Devolution, Armageddon, Silk & Cigars,Cerulean, and The Book of Soft, Sweet Nothings), and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Creative Writing, working specifically in the genres of poetry, poetic-prose, parody, parafiction, bibliomemoir, satire, image/text, and magical realism. Her written work was recently published in Awakenings (The Nightingale), For Women Who Roar's e-book, Me Too, The Showbear Family Circus, Rigorous Magazine, and Prometheus Dreaming’s Prometheus Unbound print collection.

Two of Sanghvi’s poems are also set to appear in Conclave: Outliers (2020) by Balkan Press.

Her visual art appeared in four of Fusion Art's recent exhibitions (winning 2nd place for Photography and Digital Art in their March 2020 4th Annual Colors Art Exhibition), as well as on the front and back covers of High Shelf Press's Issue XIV. Sanghvi was the cover artist and featured photographer for Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing’s Spring 2020 issue, Vibrant Vision, and her work was shown in both the 2020 Los Angeles stARTup Art Fair and the Santa Clarita Artists Association's Spring 2020 art exhibition, titled Vintage. Most recently, her work was exhibited in the Light Space & Time 10th Annual Figurative show, receiving a Special Recognition in the “Photography & Digital” Category.

Statement: Pink. The image is fully and shamelessly pink. Furthermore, it's called "Fight Cage Wonderland," not "Defensive Cage Wonderland." Women can simply... enjoy fighting. Our roughness and toughness can be perfectly feminine, as well. Femininity is not a synonym for fragility, passiveness, weakness, or anything else like that. That's what I hope "Fight Cage Wonderland" demonstrates in its overall composition. I can wear lipstick and skirts, and I can still be just as strong and intense as any man who fights. In fact, I like to think I am.

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