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an "advent calendar" of curses and accompanying spellbook reimagining justice inside the empire. featuring original art and text.
an "advent calendar" of curses and accompanying spellbook reimagining justice inside the empire. featuring original art and text.
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    5"x7" tarot print

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    8"x10" glyph print

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    8"x10" tarot print

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    AALR back issue bundle (3 issues)

    collector's item vol. 1 issue 1! plus vol. 3 issue 2 and vol. 5 issue 2. featuring work by Alexander Chee, Paisley Rekdal, David Henry Hwang, Garrett Hongo, Janine Joseph, Ocean Vuong, and Rajiv Mohabir

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    custom AALR x TommyWARES t-shirts

    get a special AALR x TommyWARES collaboration hand-pressed t-shirt! text/image options:
    * BOOK OF CURSES: JUSTICE INSIDE THE EMPIRE
    * THE POINT OF RACISM IS TO KILL US. (BUT WE'RE STILL HERE)
    * WHITE FEMINISM IS A HELLUVA DRUG
    * MERITOCRACY IS A HELLUVA DRUG
    * [fill in the blank] IS A HELLUVA DRUG
    * KILLING JOY SINCE [fill in birth year]
    * [curse glyph of choice]
    * [3-card spread of AALR tarot cards of your choice]

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    AALR Book of Curses

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    Book of Curses PLUS Asian American Tarot

    preorder the Book of Curses (calendar, spellbook, paper for burning)

    PLUS full 23-card AALR Asian American Tarot deck

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    Book of Curses PLUS TommyWARES t-shirt

    preorder the Book of Curses (calendar, spellbook, burning paper)

    PLUS a special AALR x TommyWARES collaboration hand-pressed t-shirt! text/image options:
    * BOOK OF CURSES: JUSTICE INSIDE THE EMPIRE
    * THE POINT OF RACISM IS TO KILL US. (BUT WE'RE STILL HERE)
    * WHITE FEMINISM IS A HELLUVA DRUG
    * MERITOCRACY IS A HELLUVA DRUG
    * [fill in the blank] IS A HELLUVA DRUG
    * KILLING JOY SINCE [fill in birth year]
    * [curse glyph of your choice]
    * [3-card spread of AALR tarot cards of your choice]

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    Book of Curses PLUS broadside of curse

    broadside printed with text and glyph of curse of your choice

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    Book of Curses + AALR Box Set

    preorder the Book of Curses (calendar, spellbook, paper for burning)

    PLUS AALR deluxe box set of 8 of our favorite issues, over 1600 pages of Asian American literary magic!!! Featuring work by Chang-rae Lee, Karen Tei Yamashita, Monique Truong, Maxine Hong Kingston, Ocean Vuong, Kazim Ali, Bao Phi, Anida Yoeu Ali, Afaa Michael Weaver, Hiromi Ito, Anna Kazumi Stahl, Prageeta Sharma, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Cathy Linh Che, and many others.

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    Tarot reading by Mimi + Book of Curses

    get a personal tarot reading by Mimi Khúc, guest editor of Open in Emergency

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    personalized curse by AALR editors

    get a personalized curse written by the editors of AALR!

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    ltd edition original PEACH glyph drawing

    get a limited edition original ink drawing by Matt Huynh of the PEACH glyph (curse between wives+husbands written by Hiromi Itō+Jeffrey Angles)! (approx 12"x9.5")

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    ltd edition original TREE glyph drawing

    get a limited edition original ink drawing by Matt Huynh of the FAMILY TREE glyph (curse of being cast out of a genealogy, written by Shawna Yang Ryan)! (approx 6"x9.5")

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    ltd edition original HEART glyph drawing

    get a limited edition original ink drawing by Matt Huynh of the HEART glyph (curse of true love, written by Kai Cheng Thom)! (approx 6"x9.5")

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    ltd ed. original HAND glyph drawing

    get a limited edition original ink drawing by Matt Huynh of the SEVERED HAND glyph (curse of the return of hands severed, written by Shailja Patel)! (approx 12"x9.5")

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    ltd ed. original ELEPHANT glyph drawing

    get a limited edition original ink drawing by Matt Huynh of the ELEPHANT SKULL glyph (curse of the return of slaughtered elephant parts, written by Aimee Nezhukumatathil)! (approx 12"x9.5")

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    Caregiver-level Sponsor

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