Dear Readers,

Welcome to Volume 2! I was beyond excited when we decided to make the theme of OyeDrum’s second volume sci-fi and fantasy. Our collection here represents the future of the genre, where female voices are heard as loudly as their male counterparts, and female characters are allowed to flourish as so much more than damsels in distress. READ MORE >


Gatekeepers Series by Komikka Patton – art

Gatekeepers Series by Komikka Patton – art

Gatekeepers Series by Komikka Patton. “Drawing on Afrofuturist themes, my motifs relate to Black motherhood and motherships. Using drawing, printmaking, and collage gives the opportunity to tap into the world of the fictional, surreal, mythical, and spiritual. Part African Queens part cyborgs, each collage belongs to no one time or place.”



Pearls by Alex Graffeo – fiction

Pearls by Alex Graffeo – fiction

Pearls by Alex Graffeo – A group of friends capture a mysterious female sea creature, but they make a series of mistakes and misjudgments along the way that could have fatal consequences, for everyone involved. Artwork by Arizona Smith.


lookingGlass by Emily Twines – media art

lookingGlass by Emily Twines – media art

lookingGlass, a collaboration led by Emily Twines, is an immersive museum experience seen through the context of a storied video game, developed from a question NYC theatre company Mangeront asked itself late last September: Can we, given today’s social, political, economic, and ecological realities, responsibly maintain hope?

A Message From Our Managing Editor

Dear Readers,

Welcome to Volume 2! I was beyond excited when we decided to make the theme of OyeDrum’s second volume sci-fi and fantasy. Our collection here represents the future of the genre, where female voices are heard as loudly as their male counterparts, and female characters are allowed to flourish as so much more than damsels in distress.

There are more female writers of sci-fi and fantasy than ever before, and the nature of our characters are finally shifting, adjusting the social norm to allow the infinite possibilities of this genre to reach all of us, no matter our race or gender. Princess Leia is now a general. The king of Wakanda is protected by an army of warrior women. A female Doctor is careening through time and space.  

Our submissions this quarter conveyed a longing for change and a desire to be heard in a space that we want so desperately to be ours. They were powerful- full of magic and a universe of potential. There was a tension to all of it, a simmering annoyance and a shared experience that connected your work like roots of the World Tree. 

All my life, I have longed to dance under the light of an alien sun, earn my wings at a school hidden deep in a distant desert, or learn magic from a wizard as old as a towering oak. I was eventually able to manifest this passion into opportunity, and earn a Masters in Fantasy Literature from the University of Glasgow. It was so much fun to see your work, and feel a connection to you all through something that has shaped me into the woman I am today. 

Your stories, poems, videos, and songs represent women everywhere who are still fighting for their seat at the Round Table. I hope our readers can feel the magic at work in this collection, and be inspired to chase some magic of their own.  

Thank you all for your support for this volume’s theme. Cheers to the brightest witches of our age!  



Managing Editor


Alex Graffeo is a poet and writer from Staten Island, New York. She is the Managing Editor for OyeDrum Magazine.

Arizona Smith is a self taught artist from London. Her art explores dreams, archetypes and divinity in the everyday. She is an illustrator for OyeDrum Magazine.

Avani Patel is a New York based artist whose work is about fantasy in nature. Her work in this issue is dedicated to her mother, who recently passed away.

Breanna Martins is a Latinx female artist, who graduated from The New York Academy of Art in 2011 with a masters in painting and drawing. She is the Founder and President of the New York Academy of Art Curatorial Commission and a Board Member of the Alumni Association of the New York Academy of Art.

Cindy Stockton Moore is a Philadelphia-based artist whose drawings, paintings and animations often depict human figures outmatched by nature and their surroundings. Her installations and large-scale wall drawings have been extensively exhibited in Philadelphia and New York City, and she has shown throughout the US and abroad.

Christina Werkmeister was born and raised in Germany. She earned a BA from the City University of New York in Entertainment Production Design, where she studied set design under Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt. She recently received an MFA in Interior Architecture and Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Ghazah Abbasi is a Pakistani, Muslim immigrant woman living in the Pioneer Valley. She is a feminist-scholar-teacher-activist pursuing a doctoral degree in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Grace Mikell Ramsay lives in Jersey City, New Jersey and is an Assistant Professor of Art at William Paterson University. She received an M.F.A. in Painting from Tulane University in 2012 and was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Award that year. In 2014 she was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Career Opportunity Grant.

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and now lives in Iowa. She is the author of four full length poetry collections and twelve chapbooks. Recent work can be seen at or is forthcoming from The Pinch, Prelude, Cleaver, Yalobusha Review, Zone 3, and Grist.

Katharyn Machan, author of 39 collections of poetry, has taught Writing at Ithaca College since 1977. After many years of coordinating the Ithaca Community Poets and directing the national Feminist Women’s Writing Workshops, Inc., she was selected to be Tompkins County’s first poet laureate.

Kathy Bruce is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship, 2 Fulbright-Hayes scholar grants to Peru and a Ford Foundation Grant. She has exhibited her work in the US, UK and internationally.

Komikka Patton is a 2D media artist based in New York City. She is the winner of the Tolesdet drawing prize and the May and Samuel Rudin Foundation Scholarship. She has obtained her BFA in Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art & Design and an MFA from New York University.

Laura Byrne earned a BA Hons degree from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010. During her studies she received The Latimer award in 2006 and The Keith award in 2008, awarded by The National Gallery of Scotland. She currently lives in New York City.

Laura Mahal’s work appears in number literary magazines and anthologies. She is a two-time winner of the Hecla Award for Speculative Fiction and a an honorable mention for Lighthouse Writer’s Lit Fest Fellows Veterans Writing Award.

Megan Skelly is an emerging poet completing her second year of the MFA Creative Writing program at City College of New York, where she teaches Writing for the Social Sciences. She also serves as a mentor for the Poetry Outreach program and substitute teaches in the NYC public schools.

Molly Sturdevant’s writing has appeared in such places as Orion, Flyway, Alluvian, Newfound, and Kestrel, and is forthcoming in the Lily Poetry Review, NUNUM, x-r-a-y Litmag, Tiny Molecules, and elsewhere. She currently lives in the Chicago area.

Nina Fosati loves portraiture and historic clothing. Recent work has appeared in Ellipsis Zine, the Disabled Voices Anthology, Persephone’s Daughters, and the Cabinet of Heed.

Niya Nolting grew up in a city called Chalmette just east of New Orleans. She has been singing since she was five. Niya was voted one of the “Women in Rock” in the local New Orleans paper while still just a Catholic high school girl by day and a “Rock Star” by night.

Rachel Wetzel is a photograph conservator at the Library of Congress. She received her BA in Art History & Architecture and Studio Arts from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters of Arts degree with a certificate in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College.

Rhonda Wepler was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and currently lives and works in New York City. She is currently a part of the Artist Studios program at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. She has exhibited in galleries and museums internationally.

Sally Salomonsson was born in Sweden, but currently resides London, UK, where she is working towards a neuroscience PhD at University College London. My PhD project investigates a genetic form of neurodegenerative disease, with the ultimate goal of understanding the disease better to design therapeutics for patients.

Sidney Stevens is an author of fiction and nonfiction with an MA in journalism from the University of Michigan. Her nonfiction and creative nonfiction has appeared in hundreds of journals, magazines, and anthologies, and she has also co-authored four books on natural health.

Shelli Weiler is an artist from New York with a BA in Studio Art from Wesleyan University, where she studied photography among other digital arts practices. Her work primarily revolves around the production of fantasy and its failure, using portraiture to document performance in a non- documentarian way.