What is the project: We are creating an anthology.  An anthology of the
best poems out there by trans and genderqueer writers and we would love to
include your work in the book. Our assumption is that the writing of trans
and genderqueer folks has something more than coincidence in common with the experimental, the radical, and the innovative in poetry and poetics (as we
idiosyncratically define these categories), and with your help we’d like to
manifest that something (or somethings) in  a genderqueer multipoetics, a
critical mass of trans fabulousness.

This anthology is edited by TC Tolbert and Tim Peterson (Trace)—both
trans-identified poets. It will be published by EOAGH Books in early 2012,
and you can bet it will be widely distributed!

Deadline for Submissions: Nov 30, 2011

What to Submit: 7-10 pages of poetry, and a prose “poetics” statement (see below)

Where to Submit: email us at transanthology@gmail.com

Why is this anthology important: While trans and genderqueer poets have
existed for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, there has never been a
collection of poetry exclusively by trans and genderqueer writers that also
highlights a diverse range of poetics and other marginalized identities.  Each
particular understanding of self and gender creates an essentially complex
and rich multipoetics that undermines any sort of universal trans aesthetic.
Inherently multi-vocal and anti-hegemonic, a singular trans experience
simply does not exist and, frankly, we don’t want it to.  For this reason,
an anthology is the most conducive venue for undoing any attempted
whitewashing and/or homogenizing of an imagined trans voice.  As we said, we want your words.  The words, syntax, perspective, lyric, narrative, image
(or the disruption of any of these) that could actually only come from you.

What kind of writing are we looking for:  This anthology seeks writing
that makes us wet our panties a little bit and wonder what the f* have we
been doing with our lives all this time.  While this project exists in a
historical context of several important anthologies that gather marginalized
and under-represented writers (This Bridge Called My Back, No More Masks, The Open Boat, The World in Us, etc), this will be the first anthology to foreground the poetic writings of trans and genderqueer authors.  The book will feature 7-10 pages of work from approximately 35 poets and we hope you will be one of them!

A meta-layer of fabulous: One thing that makes this anthology unique is
that it will include a statement on poetics by each participant, along
with your poems. This is a chance for you to tell us something about your
writing process, writing practice, theory of life, or whatever you like. It
might include the relationship of the body and text, or the practice of
reading and misreading text and the body, or locations, connections, and
divisions of the self amongst text and the self amongst other bodies or…you
get the point.

About the editors:

TC Tolbert is a genderqueer, feminist poet and teacher committed to social
justice. S/he is the Assistant Director of Casa Libre en la Solana and an
Adjunct Instructor at The University of Arizona and Pima Community College. S/he is the creator of Made for Flight, a youth empowerment project that utilizes creative writing and kite building to commemorate murdered
transgender people and to dismantle homophobia and transphobia.  TC’s
chapbook, territories of folding, was recently published by Kore Press.
His poems can be found in Volt, The Pinch, Drunken Boat, Shampoo, A Trunk
of Delirium, jubilat, and EOAGH. His work won the Arizona Statewide
Poetry Competition in 2010 and was a Sawtooth finalist in 2009 and 2010.

His first full length collection, Gephyromania, is forthcoming from Ahsahta
Press.  www.tctolbert.com

Tim Peterson (Trace) is a trans-identified poet, critic, and editor. The
author of *Since I Moved In* (Chax Press), and *Violet Speech* (2nd Avenue Poetry), Peterson also edits *EOAGH: A Journal of the Arts* (which published a special issue Queering Language dedicated to trans poet and mentor kari edwards in 2007). Peterson’s poetry and criticism have been published in Colorado Review, EBR, Five Fingers Review, Harvard Review, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Transgender Tapestry, and in the recent book NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards (Belladonna/Limus Press). A Ph.D. student at CUNY Graduate Center, Peterson curates the TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice talks series dedicated to queer writing and the manifesto. More information at http://tendenciespoetics.com


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One Response to “OPEN CALL FOR AN ANTHOLOGY OF TRANS & GENDERQUEER POETRY”

  1. Evan Gorman 9 September 2011 at 4:25 AM #

    This is awesome! Looking forward to reading this.. and submitting. Cheers.



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