WOMEN WRITE RESISTANCE: POETS RESIST GENDER VIOLENCE (Blue Light Press, 2013), a new anthology of American poets, seeks poetry submissions to round out the collection. The poets in this anthology intervene in the ways violence against women is perceived in American culture by deploying techniques to challenge those narratives and make alternatives visible. See description below. More information here.
There are two ways to submit:
Submit 1-3 unpublished poems in the body of the email or as a doc to:
womenwriteresistance(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @ in
sending e-mail). This is the preferred submission.
Or: Submit 1-3 previously published poems in the body of the email or as
a doc to:
womenwriteresistance(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @
in sending e-mail). For this submission, please also include the
following: 1) the title of your poem; 2) the name of the book, journal,
or anthology where it originally appeared; 3) the name of the press or
journal who published it; 4) the year or issue it was published. Please
double check to make sure that you as the author retain the rights to
this poem(s) or that it can be reprinted at no cost other than
acknowledgement to the original source.
Please also include in your submission a bio (50-100 words) and a
mailing address. Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2012.
Contributors include Kristin Abraham, Lana Hetchman Ayers, Wendy Barker,
Ellen Bass, Grace Bauer, Kimberly L. Becker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar,
Shevaun Brannigan, Kristy Bowen, Joy Castro, Allison Hedge Coke, Sandi
Day, Jehanne Dubrow, Rain C. Goméz, Judy Grahn, Nicole Hospital-Medina,
Judy Juanita, Julie Kane, Susan Kelly-Dewitt, Paula Kolek, Alexis
Krasilovsky, Lisa Lewis, Lyn Lifshin, Frannie Lindsay, Ellaraine Lockie,
Alison Luterman, Marie-Elizabeth Mali, Leslie Adrienne Miller, Deborah
A. Miranda, Linda McCarriston, Dawn McGuire, Sara Luise Newman, Cati
Porter, Laura Van Prooyen, Natanya Ann Pulley, Carol Quinn, Lucinda Roy,
Hilda Raz, Carly Sachs, Marjorie Saiser, Maureen Seaton, Kathleen
Tyler, Davi Walders, Tana Jean Welch, Judy Wells, Rosemary Winslow,
Karenne Wood, Andrena Zawinski, and many, many others.
WOMEN WRITE RESISTANCE: POETS RESIST GENDER VIOLENCE (Blue Light Press,
2013) views poetry as a transformative art. By deploying techniques to
challenge narratives about violence against women and making
alternatives to that violence visible, the American poets in WOMEN WRITE
RESISTANCE intervene in the ways gender violence is perceived in
American culture. A poem from a victim’s perspective, for example, might
use explicit imagery but also show the emotional consequences often
obscured when newspapers, video games, films, and television programs
depict violence in superficial or sexualized ways. A poet might also
critique dominant narratives, such as calling into question the
perception that certain women deserved to be raped.
The introduction, which draws on the work of Tami Spry, Kimberlé
Williams Crenshaw, and Chela Sandoval, frames the intellectual work
behind the building of the anthology by describing how poets break
silence, disrupt narratives, and use strategic anger to fight for
change. Poetry of resistance distinguishes itself by a persuasive
rhetoric that asks readers to act. The anthology’s stance believes
poetry can compel action using both rhetoric and poetic techniques to
motivate readers. In their deployment of these techniques, poets of
resistance claim the power to name and talk about gender violence in and
on their own terms. Indeed, these poets fight for change by revising
justice and framing poetry as action.