A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Welcome to the newest installment of a divine passion project. This Issue features poems from West Michigan writers, interviews with a dancer, a scientist, and an artist, and the 2021 Hyypelists. Thank you to all the publishers who mailed review copies of their books; I am astounded by the excellent writing and musings and stories being told day after day.
Issue Eight took so long to create; 2021 was a year of change for me. I became disabled and had severe chronic health issues, and my creative energy had to subside while I spent most of my energized hours in physical therapy and learning how to manage chronic pain. It’s been humbling, and I’m forever grateful to my husband for taking complete care of me during the last year.
This Issue was a joy to work on, even though it took a long time. I’ve learned the term “crip time” recently (I highly recommend Disability Visibility if you haven’t read it yet), and it perfectly explains how I live my life now. Everything takes longer, and my energy levels are so unpredictable that I can give myself a deadline and then not even come close to achieving it — and that’s okay!
Thank you to all the folks whose work or faces are in this Issue; I know it’s being published a bit late, so thank you for your understanding. Mostly, thank you for being amazing and for writing and creating such incredible work. I’m your fan. Thanks for letting me hyype you up!
HYYPELISTS — THE BEST OF 2021
Florals by Joy & Bloom Design Company! (Thank you, thank you, thank you!)
Samuel Bushi is a photographer, filmmaker and automobile aficionado based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Originally from Bangalore City, India, Samuel was born a petrolhead. “I loved motorcycles and automobiles so much that my first spoken words were ‘car’ and ‘scooter.’ After completing high school I pursued my childhood dream of becoming a professional motocross racer. Hands down, this was probably the most significant development period in my life. I had the privilege of training under the legendary Joshua Pramod who is widely considered the “King of Indian Dirt Track” racing. His program gave me a strong holistic foundation in the importance of discipline, faith, dedication and perseverance. In my heart I will always be a racer.”
In 2011, Samuel and his sister got the opportunity to move to the U.S. After toying with the idea of going to technical school to become a motorcycle mechanic, he enrolled in Grand Rapids Community College’s Associates Photography Program. It was here that he realized his potential in the field of photography. He subsequently completed his undergrad career at Calvin College in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media production.