KMA was introduced to acupuncture in 2016 after an injury to her upper back led to gradually decreasing mobility and strength in her right arm. After a number of months of physical therapy offered only incremental improvement, she decided to try out acupuncture for the first time. She figured, Why Not? After two appointments 70% mobility had returned. Three more appointments and the injury that had plagued her for close to two years, was resolved. She became a believer in the astonishing healing power of acupuncture and resolved to help this brilliant healing art become even more accessible to folks who could benefit from what it has to offer.
YesYes Healing Garden, founded by KMA Sullivan and John E. Kozel, LAc, is a new wellness clinic in the heart of the Alberta Arts District in Northeast Portland. Our licensed practitioners offer a variety of healing treatments including acupuncture, cupping, Thai and Tui Na body work, shiatsu massage and Chinese herbal consultation. Come check us out at YesYesHealingGarden.com!
Founded in December 2010 by KMA Sullivan, YesYes Books is a dynamic independent press that publishes poetry and prose collections from bold fresh voices including Ocean Vuong, Danez Smith, Elizabeth Acevedo, Fatimah Asghar, Tanya Olsen, Justin Phillip Reed, Lynn Melnick, Phillip B. Williams, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Emily O'Neill, Khadijah Queen, Raena Shirali, Michael Wasson, Aricka Foreman, and so many more!
Our titles have won the American Book Award, the Lambda Award for Gay Poetry, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award, the John C. Zacharis First Book Award, the Milt Kessler Award, and the Eric Hoffer Chapbook Award, and have been finalists for The Believer Book Award, the Norma Farber First Book Award, the Lambda Award for Transgender Poetry, the Balcones Poetry Prize, and the CLMP Firecracker Award for Fiction, among others.
It takes a large crew of talented dedicated folks to bring our collections to light. Our current editorial board includes KMA Sullivan, Stevie Edwards, Alban Fischer, Devi Gonzales, Cole Hildebrand, Luther Hughes, Jill Kolongowski, Amber Rambharose, Alexis Smithers, and Amie Zimmerman. Check us out at YesYesBooks.com!
In her second year of MFA study at Virginia Tech, KMA had the notion to begin an online literary magazine. Her new love of poetry (she had entered the program as a fiction candidate but switched after her first poetry workshop) led her to read as much contemporary work as she had minutes in the day; she was puzzled by the lack of diversity in what was being published in literary journals. And so the adventure began. Phillip B. Williams, who came on early as Poetry Editor, is now also Coeditor in Chief of Vinyl and has been substantially responsible for building the brilliant poetry tradition we have at the magazine. Hari Ziyad and Carly Schweppe have been essential to the project over the last set of years and we are beyond thrilled that Alexis Smithers has joined to help with social media and Amber Rambharose is developing an ArtLife feature for Vinyl that will be up soon!! Check us out at VinylPoetryAndProse.com