The tragic deaths of queer people of color in Orlando has affected many of us. The loss of queer and trans voices in the United States and around the world remains a major human rights issue. To this end, we are publishing an anthology, titled Pulse/Pulso, that honors their lives and mobilizes a discussion of change and acceptance. This anthology is an attempt to reaffirm and contribute to a conversation that is emerging as  the powerful, throbbing, visceral need of the hour, re-sketching the walls of history with its brisk, vibrant strokes.

We often turn to literature to heal, share, feel and connect to the events surrounding us, and to translate our grief, loss, anger and hurt into something tangible that demands a purpose, that familiarizes and connects them to the emotions of others. This is what we wish to achieve through the anthology.

Pulse/Pulso will be edited by Roy G. Guzmán and Miguel M. Morales and will be released in September 2016 by HERMENEUTIC CHAOS PRESS. We plan to donate 80% of the proceeds from the anthology to support LGBTQ causes.                                                       

Roy G. Guzmán was born in Honduras and raised in Miami, FL. He is an MFA candidate in creative writing at the University of Minnesota. His work has appeared or will appear in Assaracus, Juked, Public Pool, The Adroit Journal, Breakwater Review, Word Riot, Connotation Press, and Notre Dame Review. Roy is the poetry editor for Sundog Lit and the recipient of a Pushcart prize nomination and a Gesell Award honorable mention in fiction. He attended the fourth Letras Latinas Writers Initiative gathering, sponsored by Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, in partnership with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and the MFA Program at Arizona State University. This summer he is serving as the Scribe for Human Rights at the University of Minnesota, focusing on issues affecting migrant farm workers.

Miguel M. Morales grew up in Texas working as a migrant/seasonal farmworker and child laborer. He is a Lambda Literary Fellow and an alum of VONA/Voices and the Macondo Writers Workshop. He also serves as president of the Latino Writers Collective. His work appears in Primera Página: Poetry from the Latino Heartland, Cuentos del Centro: Stories from the Latino Heartland, From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction, Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards, in Pilgrimage and Raspa magazines, Duende Journal, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. His work will also appear in the forthcoming Imaniman: Anzaldua Poetic Anthology.

What we are looking for:

  • Poetry : up to 8 pieces, any length
  • Micro essays : up to 4 pieces, 400 words maximum

Deadline : July 31, 2016

S U B M I S S I O N   G U I D E L I N E S :

  • Because of the nature of the event, we only seek submissions from writers who identify as queer latinx and queer people of color.
  • Submissions should include up to 8 poems and/or 4 micro essays, all included in one document.
  • The poems and micro essays may be written in English, or in Spanish.
  • All submissions should be previously unpublished.
  • Please include a cover letter and a short, third person bio with your submissions.
  • We accept and encourage simultaneous submissions. However, we request you mention it in your cover letter and withdraw promptly if  they are accepted elsewhere.

U P O N   A C C E P T A N C E :

If your work is accepted for publication, you will receive one contributor copy of the anthology as payment. You may also purchase additional author copies from the press at a discount (20-30%). All our anthologies are printed in open editions. We cannot offer a monetary compensation to you at this time.

R I G H T S :

If your work is accepted, we will ask for first print publication rights. All other rights will revert to you post publication. If your work is reprinted elsewhere in the future, we request you to acknowledge its first publication here.

In order to submit, please visit our submission manager Submittable.

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