Assaracus is a literary journal featuring poetry by self-identified gay men. Named for the earth-bound brother of Ganymede, the youth swooped up by Zeus’ eagle to serve the god, Assaracus is published four times a year.
Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry
Bryan Borland & Seth Pennington, Editors
Release Date: January, April, July, October
Issues Available in PAPERBACK
Subscriptions available HERE
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Subscribe to receive one year of Assaracus. Subscription begins with our next issue. Subscription price for US residents is $50.00 and $80.00 for readers outside the US. Your subscription buys you four book-length (120+ pages), perfect-bound issues of our grand stage for gay contemporary poetry. This purchase can also be used to renew an existing subscription. Click HERE to subscribe or renew.
Inspired by the long-running journal Sinister Wisdom, we are also proud to offer a special hardship subscription price of $20.00, which includes four issues of Assaracus shipped anywhere in the world. We ask that you pay full price should you have the ability to do so, but one’s degree of good fortune should never impede access to poetry. Likewise, we will provide free copies of Assaracus to LGBTIQ support groups, mental health facilities, or correctional facilities by request. To request a free copy or subscription, please email us.
We also offer the option of voluntary “sustaining subscriptions” for various dollar amounts should you wish to financially contribute to the longevity of Assaracus.
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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Submissions to Assaracus are accepted during the months of January, May, and September through Submittable (formerly Submishmash). Click on the link for our guidelines. There may, from time to time, be special calls for submissions outside of these months. Watch our Facebook page for these special calls.
Click HERE to Submit to Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry
(We accept submissions in January, May, and September)
ASSARACUS ISSUE 01 – January 2011: features Shane Allison, Jay Burodny, Gavin Dillard, Christopher Hennessy, Matthew Hittinger, Raymond Luczak, James Kangas, Frank J Miles, Stephen S. Mills, Eric Norris
ASSARACUS ISSUE 02 – April 2011: features Philip F. Clark, Collin Kelley, Michael Klein, Ron Mohring, Evan J. Peterson, Steven Riel, Sam Sax, Robert Siek, Christopher Soden, Wonder Dave
ASSARACUS ISSUE 03 – July 2011: features Antler, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, Bryan Borland, Steven Cordova, Carl Miller Daniels, Jeremy Halinen, Terry Jaensch, Scott Wiggerman, Chuck Willman, Nicholas YB Wong, 10 Poets on James Franco, (Intro by Frank J Miles; Poems by Shane Allison, Bradley Bentz, Perry Brass, Philip Clark, Alex Dimitrov, Jory Mickelson, Stephen S. Mills, Ed Rose, Sam Sanders, and Luke Shearfrond)
ASSARACUS ISSUE 04 – October 2011: features Jeffery Beam, Joseph Harker, Walter Holland, Rob Jacques, George Klawitter, Ed Madden, Telly McGaha, D. Antwan Stewart, Daniel Nathan Terry, Isaiah Vianese, Emanuel Xavier
ASSARACUS ISSUE 05 – January 2012: features Perry Brass, Guillermo Filice Castro, Vicente M. Foix (Translated from the Spanish by Lawrence Schimel), Christopher Gaskins, Michael Hathaway, Matthew R. Loney, Jeff Mann, Jory M. Mickelson, Erik Schuckers, Kat Smalley, David-Glen Smith
ASSARACUS ISSUE 06 – April 2012: features Dustin Brookshire, James Cihlar, Nicolas Destino, D. Gilson, Charles Jensen, Raymond Luczak, Glenn Allen Philips, Andy Quan, Jack Veasey, Jeff Walt, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, A Poem for Ian Young by Gavin Geoffrey Dillard
ASSARACUS ISSUE 07 – July 2012: features Jonathan Bracker, Jason Contrucci, Sebastian Doherty, David Keali’i. Dean Kostos, Anthony Lioi, Philip Matthews, Ian James Morgan, Stephen Potter, Patrick Stevens, Peter Weltner
Pushcart Prize Winning Issue! ASSARACUS ISSUE 08 – Fall 2012: features John Barton, Walter Beck, Charlie Bondhus, Allen Clark, Nick Comilla, Jim Cory, Carlton Fisher, Edmund Miller, Joseph Rathgeber, Bill Trüb, Steve Turtell, Pushcart Prize Winner Ocean Vuong
ASSARACUS ISSUE 09 – January 2014: features Jeremy Brunger, Timothy Connor Dailey, Aaron DeLee, Red Haircrow, Andrew Ketcham, Thomas March, Rajiv Mohabir, Seth Pennington, Douglas Ray, Jason Roush, James J. Siegel
ASSARACUS ISSUE 10 – April 2013: features Jonathan Alexander, Jeffery Berg, John Bonanni, Travis Crockett, Ron Drummond, Rob Jacques, Miodrag Kojadinovic, Kelly McQuain, Allen Salerno, Lawrence Schimel, Josh Stenberg, Denver Torres
ASSARACUS ISSUE 11 – July 2013: features Stuart Barnes, Dunstan Christopher, Kirby Congdon, Craig Cotter, Randall Ivey, Peter LaBerge, A. Loudermilk, Sean Patrick Mulroy, Lucas Scheelk, Danez Smith, Mark Ward, Korey Williams
ASSARACUS ISSUE 12 – October 2013: features Derrick Austin, David Bergman, Joe Eldridge, Robert Heald, Gary Lundy, Jeff Oaks, Christopher Phelps, Steven Riel, Jackson Sabbagh, Robert Whitehead, Emanuel Xavier, Stephen Zerance
ASSARACUS ISSUE 13 – January 2014: features Stephen S. Mills, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, George Klawitter, Mitchell Untch, Michael Walsh, RJ Gibson, Jonathan Harrell, Chris Canter, D. Gilson & Will Stockton, Jim Elledge
Joy Exhaustible ISSUE 14 – April 2014: Assaracus presents a look at the work, through poetry, prose, and memoir, of both contemporary and history-making gay publishers and editors. This anthology tells the story of the small gay press in North America and the publishers behind the scenes whose love of writing changed the geography of gay literature. Joy Exhaustible features James Mitchell, John Lauritsen, Donald Weise, William Johnson, Michael Hathaway, Felice Picano, Steve Berman, Ian Young, Charlie Bondhus, Ron Mohring, Kirby Congdon, Charles Flowers, Perry Brass, John Stahle, Jameson Currier, Lawrence Schimel, and a cover poem by Paul Mariah. It is edited by Bryan Borland and Seth Pennington, publishers of Sibling Rivalry Press, who also contribute their first collaborative poem.
ASSARACUS ISSUE 15 – July 2014: features Gavin Geoffrey Dillard, C. Russell Price, Matthew Cook, Dan Encarnacion, Jeremy Halinen, James M. Croteau, Wayne Courtois, Bryan Monte, Anthony Moll, Michael Montlack, John Hubbard, Jack Michaelson
ASSARACUS ISSUE 16 – October 2014: Bryan’s last issue as editor – features Glenn Phillips, Dustin Brookshire, Michael Walsh, Philip F. Clark, Guillermo Filice Castro, Robert Siek, Carl Miller Daniels, Joseph Ross, Eric Norris, Jeremy Brunger, Rob Jacques, Raymond Luczak, Russell Bungé, Bryan Borland, George Klawitter, D. Gilson, Christopher Hennessy, Collin Kelley, John Brooks, Adam McGee, Jean-Marie de la Trinité, Sam Sax, David Bergman, Korey Williams, Matthew Hittinger, Stephen S. Mills, Brent Calderwood, Roberto F. Santiago, Chuck Willman, Eric Nguyen, Ross Robbins, Walter Beck, Carlton Fisher, Vytautas Pliura, Danez Smith, Walt Whitman, and Joseph Harker