Troubling the line @ Poetry Project, Imaginary Friend Press chapbook contest, pre-orders for Adrienne & Lambda’s 25 for 25

Here’s the news on my end … & keeping warm in a snowy time:-)

1) I’ll be heading to NYC tomorrow to help celebrate Troubling the Line @ Poetry Project

Join us for an evening of poems and poetics by writers from Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, edited by TC Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson. Featuring: Samuel Ace, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Ching-In Chen, Jaime Shearn Coan, Joy Ladin, Dawn Lundy Martin, Tim Trace Peterson, Trish Salah, Zoe Tuck, Emerson Whitney, and Raymond Foye reading poems by John Wieners. Published in Spring 2013 by Nightboat Books, Troubling the Line is the first-ever anthology of poetry by trans and genderqueer writers.

2) 5 more days to submit to Imaginary Friend Presschapbook contest (for those who are not white & male & straight)!

Imaginary Friend Press’s Chapbook Contest

Submissions will be accepted between September 1, 2013 and December 15, 2013.

The winner will be announced in May. This contest is open to anyone who does not identify as a straight, white male. This exclusion is very purposeful. Imaginary Friend Press wants to promote voices that are often ignored and often dismissed.
If you’re curious if you’re being excluded ask yourself these questions:
Are you white?
Are you male?
Are you straight (heteronormative)?
If you answered yes to all three we wish you the best of luck winning another contest with your manuscript. We would also like to remind you that Imaginary Friend Press reads chapbooks all year round, but we’re sticking with our mission to celebrate new and diverse voices here.

The winning book will be published by Imaginary Friend Press. The author will receive an honorarium of $100 and 25 copies of their book. Imaginary Friend Press may also (and hopes to) select other books for publication.

Imaginary Friend Press editors will read all manuscripts and forward the finalists on to our esteemed readers. They will collectively make the final decision.
This year the final readers are:
Shane McCrae, author of Mule and Blood
Ching-In Chen, author of The Heart’s Traffic
Margaret Bashaar, editor of Hyacinth Girl Press
Noel Pabillo Mariano, contributing writer to thegaymer.org
Ayshia Stephenson, author of black hands of a morning calm

To submit the entry fee is $5 for entry or $7 dollars for entry and a copy of the winning book (US addresses only. Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as IFP is informed of publication elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed with entry fees for each submission.

Manuscripts must be between 12-20 pages in length. Manuscripts must be paginated, have a table of contents and an acknowledgements section (if poems have been published individually). Manuscripts may have individual poems published, but they should not be published as a whole elsewhere.

Style and theme are open. There should not be any art, photographs, images included in the manuscript.

This is not a first book contest, but authors seeking their first book publication are encouraged to submit. Multi-authored collections are acceptable, but IFP can still only award one honorarium.

Questions? Please email us at imaginaryfriendpress@gmail.com. Submit to Imaginary Friend Press

3) Sibling Rivalry Press is now taking pre-orders for the debut issue of Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women edited by Valerie Wetlaufer.  Very happy my poems found a home in this inaugural issue alongside poet-friends Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Elizabeth Bradfield, Meg Day & Franciszka Voeltz, amongst others.  Support the poets & Sibling Rivalry Press!

4) 25 for 25: An Anthology of Works by 25 Outstanding Contemporary LGBT Authors And Those They Inspired (Lambda Literary Foundation’s 25th Anniversary collection E-book) is now on sale!

25 for 25 is an anthology of works by some of our community’s leading authors, including Dorothy Allison, Ellen Bass, Alison Bechdel, Ivan E Coyote, Jewelle Gomez, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Alex Sanchez, Sarah Schulman, David Trinidad, Edmund White and many others, with original introductions by emerging writers they’ve influenced, many of whom the Lambda Literary Foundation has had the opportunity to support and nurture during one or more of our annual Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Voices Retreats.  Thanks to Ames Hawkins for including my piece written for Achy Obejas in this anthology.
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Happy reading, writing & making fun in the snow!
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