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.