In late 2019, Onita Morgan-Edwards ’17 (Antioch University Midwest, BA) had an idea to reach young people with the power of writing their own stories. The pandemic shut down the actual launch, which was scheduled for April 2020, but Edwards, along with a few readers and editor friends, managed to push through the roadblocks and produced Thirteen2Nineteen: A Literary Magazine for Black Girls and Teens.
Antioch University Midwest alum, Whitney Bell ’16, helps edit the LitMag. “Whitney was onboard with the idea before the magazine was a reality. I could not do this without her expertise and support,” said Edwards.
“The magazine is an opportunity for Black girls, teens, and women to write…,” said Edwards, “… about things that bring joy or pain, an opportunity to write about things that inspire or frighten them, and things that make them sad or angry.”
Thirteen2Nineteen features personal essays, poetry, profiles of young (and adult) women entrepreneurs. Adult women write about a time in their life when they were between 13 and 19 years old.
“Black girls and teens have a right to feel, love, and be,” said Edwards. “I hope Thirteen2Nineteen inspires people to keep moving toward the life they want. Their life, their journey, and their stories are no less important than anyone else’s. They need to know that.”
The second issue will be published in the summer of 2021.