Now open for submissions! Please scroll to the end for details.
Current stretch goal is £1100: the Revolution illustrated by the excellent Stuart F. Taylor - now in full colour! You can perv at his talent here: http://chainbear.com/
It all started as a pitch for Archivio Queer Italia // Queer Archive Italy. I wanted to write and perform poetry on queer issues erased within both mainstream media and the LGBTQ community itself. So I posted an open call for topics on Twitter, and was overwhelmed by the response of trans*, asexual, bisexual, non-binary queers asking me to lend my verse to their experience. They wanted me to talk about queer platonic relationships, gender presentation, mental health. Consent. The list goes on. It soon became clear I was never going to make that deadline – there was just so much my br(others) and sisters wanted me to write about.
To say nothing of everything that I wanted to write about. For over 25 years, I thought I was cis and straight – despite writing parable after metaphor on misunderstood monsters. Several epiphanies later, I now know myself better than that. My name is Jude, despite what my passport may have to say about it. “It” is my pronoun. I am a pansexual genderqueer Thing, trying to get to the bottom of what it means to be myself.
I’m a writer. Words are how I make sense of the world; poetry is how the world makes sense of itself before my eyes, before I have a chance to think too much like a scholar, and not nearly enough as a human being. So nothing makes more sense than writing about my queer epiphanies – in rhyming couplets. Or indeed, not. The more I write about queerness, the queerer my writing becomes: rhyme schemes bend over themselves, metre falls apart like an avalanche of glitter, exemplifying the fragmentation of my queer experience with eerie realism.
This time it’s personal; this time it’s political. I don’t write in a vacuum. What self-awareness I have, I have found at queer conferences and charity performances, in the music my queer friends make, in the words of the queer activists I look up to as role models.
Poems For The Queer Revolution is for the trans* sisters so-called Radical Feminism is determined to throw under the bus. It’s for the bisexuals, accused of greed and confusion on all sides of this our barricade. It’s for the genderqueer and non-binary folk, far too often sidelined by a LGBTQ movement with an all-too-silent Q. It’s for all of us, or none of us.
A sampler from the barricades: https://soundcloud.com/shyscholar/sets/queer-poetry
Now open for submissions!
I like my revolution intersectional, and I'm quite keen to pass the mike.
Poems on any aspect of queer sexuality, gender, relationships, feminism, history, art, etc. considered. I'd love to hear from POC, sex workers, and other groups I don't belong to.
Short essays (ca. 1,000 words) also welcome.
Please label your submission 'Poem/Essay for the Queer Revolution' and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributors will receive a free signed copy of the collection, and a flat fee of £15 per piece.
Deadline is January 31st.
We've raised enough money to open submissions, rendering guest poetry slots redunant as a reward.
Therefore, all backers who pledge between £35 and £100 shall also receive a set of limited edition postcards featuring illustrations from the book.
Existing £35 backers can choose to receive the postcard set, or reduce their pledge. Of course, you're very much encouraged to still send your work to the address above.
Risks and challenges
Poems For The Queer Revolution will inevitably face queerphobic backlash, trans-exclusion resistance, misrepresentation in media, etc. The fact this brand of prejudice and oppression exists is the very reason I write anything at all, and why I feel this collection to be a necessary political statement.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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