I am seeking poems for an anthology about living with HIV in 2015. No restrictions as to sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, or any other identity category. No restrictions in terms of HIV status: the poet can be HIV-positive or HIV-negative or not know their HIV status. As long as the poems are about living with HIV, or living with the risk of HIV, or living in proximity to HIV in the here and now of 2015. Memorials and commemorations have their place, but this anthology is not that place. This anthology is about current experience. I want to hear the voices of people living with HIV for a long time or for a short time. People who are negative and trying to stay that way via any and all methods—condoms, PrEP, abstinence, partner sorting, prayer, LOTTO, whatever. Negative partners of positive people. Men, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, any race, any age, infected via any mode of transmission—homo-sex, hetero-sex, sharing needles, transfusion, mother-to-child transmission. I WOULD LOVE TO GET POEMS FROM PEOPLE BORN WITH HIV.
DEADLINE: Rolling (send asap) through Sept. 30, 2015
WHAT TO SUBMIT: Poems. Your best. Up to 10 poems but not to exceed 10 pages
HOW TO SUBMIT: Email poems in Word doc form to:
mbroderATmbroderDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)
I’m going to publish this anthology on my new press, Indolent Books. Scheduled for early 2016—marking 35 years since the first cases of AIDS were describe in the press in 1981. I’d like to have this book ready for AWP16, Rainbow Book Fair 8, Gay Pride, etc.
Peace, love, understanding, health, happiness, and prosperity,
Michael Broder, PhD
Founder and President, Indolent Books
Author of This Life Now, a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry