We’re over the moon that Denise Duhamel, who joins the SRP family in 2015, has been named a Guggenhem Fellow for 2014. Congratulations, Denise!
For the second year in a row, a Sibling Rivalry Press title is a finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. This year, Michael Klein’s The Talking Day has been honored. Congratulations, Michael!
Congratulations to Michael Klein (The Talking Day), Megan Volpert (This assignment is so gay), and Bushra Rehman (Corona) for being named finalists for Lambda Literary Awards. CLICK HERE for your copies and celebrate with us. Each title is discounted with free US shipping.
We’re thrilled to have four titles on the ALA Over the Rainbow list of recommended LGBT reading for 2014: Running for Trap Doors (Joanna Hoffman); After This We Go Dark (Theresa Davis): Render (Collin Kelley); and This assignment is so gay (ed. Megan Volpert), which is a top-ten favorite. Congrats, poets! Click HERE for the full list.
It’s shaping up to be a big weekend for Sibling Rivalry Press. It all starts Friday night with ASSARACUS: A CELEBRATION OF GAY POETRY:
Sponsored by the Rainbow Book Fair, Belhue Press,
Sibling Rivalry Press, and CLAGS (Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies)
at The City University of New York Graduate Center
Room C198, Concourse Level
365 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10016
7:30 - 9:30 PM
On March 23, 2012, the night before the Rainbow Book Fair, CLAGS (The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies) and Sibling Rivalry Press present Assaracus: A Celebration of Gay Poetry. For the first time, poets from the first six issues of Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry will read together, legend alongside rising, established next to emerging. Assaracus was created in the spirit of community and brotherhood. Assaracus: A Celebration of Gay Poetry will showcase those themes through the collective voices some of gay poetry’s brightest contemporary writers – in one place, at one time.
The night will also feature the launch of Assaracus: Issue 06 (featuring cover art by Seth Ruggles Hiler), and include remarks on gay publishing and poetry from Ian Young, groundbreaking founder of Catalyst Press and editor of The Male Muse, an early, daring, and important anthology of gay poets.
Come kick off Rainbow Book Fair weekend with the Assaracus poets. Free & open to the public.
Confirmed readers: Christopher Hennessy, Matthew Hittinger, Frank J Miles, Stephen Scott Mills, Eric Norris, Philip F. Clark, Collin Kelley, Michael Klein, Evan J. Peterson, Steven Riel, Robert Siek, Bryan Borland, Steven Cordova, Chuck Willman, Philip (No F.) Clark, Joseph Harker, Emanuel Xavier, Isaiah Vianese, David-Glen Smith, Christopher Gaskins, Perry Brass, Guillermo Filice Castro, Nicolas Destino, D. Gilson, Glenn Phillips, Patrick Stevens, and remarks by Ian Young.
THEN, on Saturday, March 24, don’t miss SRP at the Rainbow Book Fair, happening at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, 208 West 13th Street in NYC. We’ll be at Table A3 next to Belhue Press. Collin Kelley will be at our table at 2:00, and Stephen S. Mills will being reading from He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices at 3:00. We’ll have special book fair prices on all our titles, including the not-yet released Assaracus Issue 06, and we’ll give away a couple of subscriptions to Assaracus.
The Rainbow Book Fair is where Sibling Rivalry Press began. It’s the only largest LGBT book fair in the world and every year it gets better and better. You don’t want to miss this, folks.
Through Wednesday, November 30, use code SHOPINDIE at checkout from the SRP store and get an extra 20% off! We can accommodate any gift-giving secrecy, mail to any address, even add a holiday card to your order. Just email us at email@example.com following your purchase with any special instructions. Thank you for supporting SRP! We love you! (Yes – you!)
Check out Gavin Geoffrey Dillard’s self-interview at The Nervous Breakdown, then head over to the SRP store and get yourself a copy of Nocturnal Omissions, his new book of poems co-authored with Eric Norris, another The Nervous Breakdown favorite.
Great exchange between Christopher Phelps and Kevin Simmonds at THEthe Poetry! Check out their conversation by clicking here.
I am pleased to announce that Kevin Simmonds is joining the Assaracus team as Associate Editor. Kevin is a San Francisco-based writer, musician and filmmaker originally from New Orleans. His writing appears in journals such as Asia Literary Review, Callaloo, jubilat, Kyoto Journal and Poetry. His music and performances have been featured on BBC Radio 3, PBS and Japan’s NHK Television and at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Japan’s Nakano Sun Plaza and the National Black Theatre Festival. feti(sh)ame, his genre-defying short film, based entirely on his poetry, has screened internationally and been hailed by Los Angeles film critic Ernest Hardy as “an elegantly profane meditation on desire.” Mad for Meat, his debut collection, is on its way soon from Salmon Poetry. In short, Kevin gets things done.
My relationship with Kevin is another connection made possible by the late John Stahle. I met Kevin while editing Ganymede Unfinished, and from that interaction, Kevin pitched me Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality. I’ve been consistently impressed by Kevin’s approach to the project, from his strict adherence to the poets’ formatting desires to his successful campaign to schedule Collective Brightness readings worldwide. But most importantly, Kevin and I share an appreciation for the art and possibility of poetry. Sibling Rivalry Press and Assaracus are lucky to have him.
Look for his first contributions to the journal in January’s issue.
I’ve been thinking about submission lately. As in Paul whipped Larry into submission, not I need to send out more poetry submissions. In a recent GOP debate, Bryon York raised the subject with Minnesota Representative and presidential hopeful Michelle Bachmann:
“When you were running for Congress, you described a moment in your life when your husband said you should study for a degree in tax law. You said you hated the idea. And then you explained the Lord said, ‘Be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.’ As president, would you be submissive to your husband?”
Immediately, the audience booed York and Bachmann was able to gloss over the legitimate question. I say legitimate because in this case yes, the public has the right, nay, the need, to know. If President Bachmann were to seek advice from her husband on a subject he has strong feelings about—LGBT rights, let’s say—would she automatically submit to his authority as husband? The game of who is to submit to whom may be fun on a Friday night down at your local leather bar, but decidedly less so when it comes to presidential politics.
What does this have to do with poets?
As queer people, and especially as queer writers, we are all familiar with constant, forced submission to a hetero-normative society. Our writing hasn’t been and won’t be the sole solution to this “othering,” to this relegation to second-class citizenry. But, it is part of the solution; art is a necessary part of the solution, and we’re fortunate to have the obligation every day to fight against unwilling submission in our poetry, to show the world that our lives and our loves are not only legitimate, but also beautiful. Maybe this is obvious, and others have said it more eloquently than I, but it warrants repeating often.
To the poets who have come before, from Whitman to Bishop, from O’Hara to Gunn, thank you for wielding a machete and clearing a path for the rest of us. To the poets writing today and tomorrow: write the fucking poems. Let them be born of your very lifeblood. Save the world. Or at least write the world we all dream of.
Submission takes many forms, some of which are fun. Rihanna’s “S&M” is certainly irresistible, and as social chair for Proud Otters of America, I can tell you submission has its place. The submission we choose, however, is different than the submission we don’t. Just remember—you are required to submit to no one except the art before you.
D. Gilson is a teaching fellow at Chatham University. A queer boy from the Ozark Mountains, his writing is forthcoming in Assaracus and can be found in Moon City Review, The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere.
Follow him at twitter.com/dgilson.
Here they are, folks. After our strongest submission period yet, here is the tentative lineup for the next three issues of Assaracus! And yes, you are seeing eleven names for each issue (a last minute decision. Such are the perks of being the editor!). Our next submission period comes in September.
ISSUE 04 (October 2011)
D. Antwan Stewart
Daniel Nathan Terry
ISSUE 05 (January 2012)
Guillermo Filice Castro
Vicente Molina Foix (translated by Lawrence Schimel)
ISSUE 06 (April 2012)
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
In this video series filmed from his keynote address at the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, Bryan Borland discusses forming Sibling Rivalry Press, founding Assaracus, and publishing the wonderful poets of SRP. He also reads “Flawed Families in Biblical Times” and “Grapes of Comfort” from My Life as Adam. Much love to Atlanta and the folks at AQLF (Collin, Franklin, Cleo, and Megan).
So this is going to be our new blog, where we”ll post happenings, links to reviews, author appearances… stuff like that. For now, though, we’re just going to import what appeared on our previous news page.
VOICES THROUGH SKIN is now available at the Sibling Rivalry Press online store. You can also order the book from Small Press Distribution, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine bookstores and online merchants.
ASSARACUS: LADY BUSINESS: Accepting submissions from lesbian/bisexual female poets through August 31.
GAVIN DILLARD and ERIC NORRIS are on their way to SRP! Stay tuned!
ASSARACUS SUBMISSION GUIDELINES have been updated. We will accept submissions in January, May, and September. Thanks for all your support! The love for Assaracus has been tremendous!
INHERITANCE. We’re the new publishing home of Steven Reigns’ autobiographical collection of poetry.
ASSARACUS ISSUE 02 is here!
MORE DISTRIBUTION! We’re proud to announce a partnership with SPD – Small Press Distribution. SPD is a non-profit literary arts organization located in Berkeley, California. Their mission is to connect readers with writers by providing access to independently published literature. SPD allows essential but underrepresented literary communities to participate fully in the marketplace and in the culture at large through book distribution, information services, and public advocacy programs. SPD nurtures an environment in which the literary arts are valued and sustained. Founded in 1969, SPD is currently the only distributor in the country dedicated exclusively to independently published literature.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES. Our submission guidelines for poetry manuscripts have been updated. Our submission period for 2012 publication is from March 1 through June 1, 2011. Will you be one of the fantastic four of 2012?
RAINBOW BOOK FAIR. Sibling Rivalry Press hosted an LGBT Poetry Showcase at the Rainbow Book Fair in New York City on March 26, 2011. The Rainbow Book Fair was held at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, 208 West 13th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues), New York, NY—in the heart of Greenwich Village. This is the largest LGBT book event in America. If you missed it, be sure and catch it next year.
GET YOUR HANDS ON ASSARACUS! Our new journal of gay poetry is now available.
OVER THE RAINBOW. My Life as Adam makes the American Library Association’s OVER THE RAINBOW list! One of only five books of poetry!
BURNINGS. Lantern gives Burnings a stellar review!
OCEAN PROMOTION! Brooklyn College celebrates Ocean Vuong!
ON FIRE! More praise for Burnings!
PUSHCART NOMINATIONS. Congrats to our first Pushcart-Prize nominees - Perry Brass (“A Distant Memory: Andrew Bifrost and Mouth of the Dragon” – from Ganymede Unfinished), Joseph Harker (“Surrogates” from Fag Hag: A Scandalous Chapbook of Fabulously-Codependent Poetry), Val B. Russell (“Billie” from Fag Hag: A Scandalous Chapbook of Fabulously-Codependent Poetry), and Ocean Vuong (“The Touch” from Burnings).
3 DOLLAR BILL. Sibling Rivalry Press was stoked to be a sponsor of AWP’s 3 Dollar Bill, in which some of the LGBT community’s most talented and dynamic writers converged in the nation’s capitol for a night of rapid-fire readings. 3 Dollar Bill, the Queer Reading at the 2011 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, gathered thirty LGBT writers of poetry and prose who each read two minutes of their work. Featured: Francisco Aragón, Ilse Bendorf, Tamiko Beyer, Regie Cabico, Cynn Chadwick, Julie Enszer, Danielle Evennou, Gina Evers, Reginald Harris, Natalie E. Illum, Charles Jensen, Saeed Jones, Eloise Klein Healy, Rickey Laurentiis, Paul Lisicky, Michael Montlack, Eileen Myles, Kristin Naca, Achy Obejas, Christa Orth, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Radclyffe, Douglas Ray, Jason Schneiderman, Joseph Shapiro, Ely Shipley, Justin Torres, Dan Vera, & Valerie Wetlaufer. Three Dollar Bill was free and open to the public on Thursday, February 3 · 7:30pm – 10:30pm at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW, in Washington, DC.