Unfolding is a nonprofit online literary magazine. Our mission is to create space for whimsical and unapologetic storytellers in a growing digital environment. We provide a myriad of captivating storytelling experiences which include journals, poems, interviews, short stories, personal essays, articles or one-act plays. We aim to highlight Black Writers, Artists, and Talents hailing from all walks of life. We want to create a safe space for disruption, a space for discussion, and a space for reflection.
We take special pride in the Badass voices we publish. We explore various post-colonial themes, with topics ranging from family turmoil and personal struggles, to political and social warfare. We’re serious about the quality of the work we showcase, and the message we deliver.
We invite submissions of unpublished or previously published works which have not appeared online and for which the rights belong to the author. No unsolicited manuscripts, please.
For further information, please visit the Submission Guide.
M.J. Fievre, the Badass Black Girl, is the author of Happy, Okay? Poems about Anxiety, Depression, Hope, and Survival and Badass Black Girl: Questions, Quotes, and Affirmations for Teens. She helps others write their way through trauma, build community and create social change. She works with veterans, disenfranchised youth, cancer patients and survivors, victims of domestic and sexual violence, minorities, the elderly, those with chronic illness or going through transition and any underserved population in need of writing as a form of therapy—even if they don’t realize that they need writing or therapy. M.J. is a long-time educator and frequent keynote speaker (Tufts University, Massachusetts; Howard University, Washington, D.C.; the University of Miami, Florida; and Michael College, Vermont; and a panelist at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, AWP). She is available for book club meetings, podcast presentations, interviews and other author events.
Jessica Faroy has a B.A in English and comparative literature from the Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. Her thesis focused on code-switching and the Antillean critical theory. At Mango, she works closely with Yellow Pear Press and the Diversity Focus Group, and has acquired books like Let Me Count the Ways, Oh Sis, You’re Pregnant? and One Bee Too Many. When she’s not reading, you can find her bartending somewhere in South Florida. Originally from Havana, Jessica lives in Miami.
Morena Guerrero has a B.A. in English literature and a certificate in technical and professional writing from Florida International University. At Mango, she is a Publicist for all of the Mango books. In her free time, she loves to (unsurprisingly) read and write, in a never-ending quest to finish all the books in her library. She also enjoys tending to her garden and skating around town.
Minerve Jean is a Haitian-born storyteller who shares her poetry and writings unapologetically. She believes in the power of words and their ability to help and heal. Her debut book For The Secrets That Gave Themselves Away is an anthology of raw poetry where she uses words to paint pictures that will resonate with the human soul. She has also contributed pieces to Hercampus, Orange and Blue Magazine and MLNNYC. In her free time, she likes to snack on Avocado toast and curl up with a good book.
Nathaniel Parker is a first-generation American of Jamaican immigrants. He is a writer based in Plantation, Florida, but is from Harlem, New York. With roots in a place of historically powerful Black artistry, he feels an obligation to add to the evolution and advancement of Black expression and representation. He received a B.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University, and enjoys writing stories that range from the fantastic to the bizarre; stories that hold the imagination captive, but are simultaneously rooted in the Black experience.
Yaddyra Peralta is an associate editor at Mango. Based in Little Haiti, Miami, she has an MFA in creative writing from Florida International University. During her time at Mango, she has been editor for books like Seven Sisters and a Brother, The Book of Awesome Black Americans, and Behind the Kingdom’s Veil. She is currently the director of the FIU Business Press imprint. In her free time, she loves to read and write poetry.
Nehemie Pierre serves as an editorial research analyst at Mango Publishing. She has a B.A. in writing & rhetoric with a minor in journalism. She is a Miami native and calls herself lucky to call this city home. Nehemie has over eight years of experience in editing and writing copy for different businesses, nonprofits, digital publications and digital influencers. Nehemie has a podcast where she authentically aligns the conversation to include her faith, mental health and some life lessons she’s picked up on the way. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering in her local community, laughing with friends, and writing to-do lists.
Jasmine Respess works as marketing analyst and editor at Mango Publishing Group. In these positions, she seeks out and elevates Black voices and stories. She is a Central Florida native who writes about the intersections of her black Southern and Caribbean identities. Jasmine spent her undergrad career as a journalist, so she utilizes interviews of family members and research in much of her work. The tradition of magical realism has inspired her, so she explores folktales, lore, and natural Florida in her poems and non-fiction work. Currently, Jasmine lives in Coral Gables with her two Dachshund/Chihuahua rescues. She has lived in New Orleans and New York as well. She recently earned an MFA in Poetry from The New School, NY.