Ajuan Mance is an Oakland artist, author, and English professor at Mills College. This cover was created specially for COG in the style of Mance's well-received online sketchbook: 1001 Black Men.


The brash, brightly colored images of 1001 Black Men assert and celebrate the individuality of black men. As Mance writes, “In this series of drawings, I push past entrenched stereotypes to create images of Black men that reflect the wonderful complexity of African American lives.”



Jerome Solomon



Gish Jen



Glynn Washington



Opal Palmer Adisa

Prose and Photographs






Cogitate, an original audio broadcast produced at Cogswell Polytechnical College, was inspired by the work of one Bay Area storyteller in particular: Glynn Washington, host of NPR/PRI’s Snap Judgment.


We heart Snap Judgment. So a thousand thanks to Glynn, who permitted us to interview him in our debut issue.


In this issue, we will hear from Jon Panzer, Lisa Schiffman and Tay "Off the Top".


Please enjoy Cogitate 1, It’s Like That?

 “Most men and women have stories to tell.

Life be pourin’ out ‘em, like trains skippin’ off rails.

Movies tell stories I wish I could live.” 

The Cineast, A. Van Jordan
Judge 2015-16 COG Poetry Awards

“A literary contest is like a full moon. It casts a striking and comforting glow across the bleak sky, and turns a small number of people into werewolves.”

Daniel Handler, AKA Lemony Snicket
Judge - 2015-16 COG Page to Screen Awards

COG presents Paul Flores : We Still Be

Antique & Tommy "Soulati" Shepherd of Antique Naked Soul