Global Arts Fund

“Established in 2013 and building on our legacy of funding for the arts, Astraea’s Global Arts Fund supports, showcases and connects impactful art by LGBTQI people and organizations that are using art as a tool for social transformation and have limited access to resources for this critical work.”

I recently came across this organization and their commitment to working with LGBTQ groups and individuals. I’d been looking for a grant to help with my work on Gender Ambiguity and Androgyny. I don’t think there is help for me here but you might find something. I hope so. (Sarah)

Check them out: https://www.astraeafoundation.org/about-us/

Tonight! Sinister Wisdom 124: Deeply Held Beliefs

Sinister Wisdom 124: Deeply Held Beliefs published Spring 2022

Sinister Wisdom 124: Deeply Held Beliefs Spiritual/Political Activism of Lesbian Feminists in the South brings together the sixth and last issue of stories collected by the Southern Lesbian Feminist Activist Herstory Project (SLFAHP). Many of these stories show the intersection of spirituality and religion with politics and social justice movements in the South. In the 1960s, the South became the crucible for civil rights activism that developed and fed the lesbian-feminist activism of the last decades of the twentieth century. Throughout Southern states, lesbian-feminists were leaders in many kinds of social justice activism that often intersected with the religious and spiritual activism that was taking place in the women’s movement all over the country. This final issue of the series of issues curated by the Southern Lesbian Feminist Activist Herstory Project explores spiritual paths, expressed through both traditional religious practices and creative work led by spirit, and political action guided by deeply held beliefs in social justice, the divine feminine, and commitment to preserving and defending Mother Earth.

Register here for Zoom access to the launch reading Tuesday, April 12th at 7 p.m. / EST

Foglifter~ Reading Tonight!

Queer Reading Tonight! THURSDAY MARCH 24TH. SEE INFO BELOW


BETWEEN FUTURITY AND CHAOS: IMAGINING QUEERER POSSIBILITIES

Join us TOMORROW for a reading hosted by Foglifter, just femme & dandy at SMOL Fair!We’re so excited to announce our virtual reading, Between Futurity and Chaos: Imagining Queerer Possibilities! Hosted by Foglifter and just femme & dandy at SMOL Fair, this free event will feature work from Tarik Dobbs, Aldo Amparán, Kirin Khan, Wo Chan, Elle Hong, KB, and K. Iver, and Wryly T. McCutchen.

Thursday, March 24th at 5:00 PM (PT). Closed captioning and ASL interpretation will be available. This event is free to the public. 
RSVP to our event!MEET OUR GUEST EDITORS FOR ISSUE 7.2



We are thrilled to welcome Mihee Kim, Zak Salih, and Tauheed Zaman as guest editors to our team! 

Guest Fiction Editor: Zak Salih (he/his) is the author of the novel Let’s Get Back to the Party, recommended by O, the Oprah Magazine; BuzzFeed; Cosmopolitan; The Millions; Electric Literature; Vanity Fair; the Advocate; Harper’s Bazaar; Kirkus Reviews; Lambda Literary; and other publications. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Foglifter, Epiphany, Crazyhorse, the Florida Review, the Chattahoochee Review, the Millions, Apogee Journal, Kenyon Review Online, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. He lives in Washington, DC. 

Guest Poetry Editor: Mihee Kim (she/her) is a writer, visual artist, and cultural organizer. She works intuitively across disciplines and traditions, foraying between writing, multi-modal collage, painting, and craft forms. Her writing has been nominated for Best of the Net, a Pushcart Prize, and her manuscript Nomenclature was named a finalist for the Bergman Prize. Nomenclature is forthcoming from Kelsey Street Press in the Fall of 2022. She earned a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA at California College of the Arts, where she was awarded the Leslie Scalapino Award. Mihee is also managing director of Kearny Street Workshop, a longstanding arts nonprofit for Asian Pacific Americans. She creates on Chochenyo Ohlone land, also known as beloved Oakland, California.
 
Guest Hybrid and Nonfiction Editor: Tauheed Zaman (he/him) is a Bengali-American writer and physician who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. His prose appears in Salon and Foglifter Press. His science writing has been published in several medical journals including the Journal of Addiction Medicine and Substance Abuse Journal. When not writing, you can find him kayaking the Pacific coast or singing with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.These writers have contributed incredible works to our journal, and we cannot wait for their vision to shape our next issue. For full bios of our guest editors, please visit this website

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN! Send your incredible work to our gorgeous editors by May 1st!


MEET THE NEW MEMBERS OF THE FOGLIFTER TEAM!



We’re so excited to welcome new members to our staff and announce a reorganization of our leadership. Learn more about our growing team below!Foglifter is thrilled to have Charlie Neer (they/them) as our new Accessibility Coordinator! Charlie is a nonbinary queer writer from the Bay Area. Their work is featured or forthcoming in “Show Me Your Papers” by Main Street RagThe Swamp Literary Magazine, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and more. Charlie Will continue to serve as our Assistant Poetry Editor in addition to this new role.

We are overjoyed to announce that Michal “MJ” Jones (they/him) is now our Editor-in-Chief! MJ is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet & parent in Oakland, CA. Their poems have appeared in Anomaly, Kissing Dynamite, TriQuarterly Review, & wildness. Often addressing the troubling and haunting aspects of life, violence, and identity, MJ’s work blends the lyrical, documentary, and confessional modes. They have received fellowships from Hurston/Wright Foundation, VONA/Voices, & Kearny Street Workshop. They received their MFA in Creative Writing—Poetry from Mills College, where they received the distinguished Community Engagement Fellowship. They founded & currently facilitate Litany!, a monthly workshop for a cohort of Black queer poets. Their debut poetry collection HOOD VACATIONS is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2023, and they are hard at work on their second collection! Learn more at michal-jones.com.

We’re excited to welcome Judah Greenberg as our new Community Assistant! Judah is a queer Jewish writer and a 2021 graduate of Kenyon College. They are the 2021 winner of the Muriel C. Bradbrook Prize in prose. Judah is passionate about queer theory, Hamlet, and villains with tragic backstories (examples include but are not limited to Star Wars’ Kylo Ren, My Hero Academia’s Dabi, and The Monster from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein). They have recently uprooted from their hometown in Maryland and now reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 
For full bios of our new staff, please visit this website

Apply to be a part of Foglifter now!


MEET OUR NEW BOARD!
Foglifter is happy to announce our new board members! We are thrilled to be led by such a fantastic group of queer leaders. This Board will be part of our new leadership and help our staff create the most inviting, celebratory space for queer and trans writers and artists. Stay tuned for more updates to our beautiful Foglifter team!Thank you to Natalia Vigil, Arisa White, Ruben Quesada, Matthew Clark Davison, Dr. Alicia Mountain, and William Johnson for joining the team!To access their full bios, please click here!MILO TODD’S NOVEL WRITING WORKSHOP!

There’s still time to apply for Milo Todd’s writing workshop!


Application deadline is March 28th


After 2.5 years of planning, it’s finally arrived! The Novel Immersive for LGBTQ+ Writers is a virtual, all-queer workshop and craft lecture program. For LGBTQ+ writers, a lack of queer-focused guidance, support, and community in writing workshops can stifle or even stall progress for novels. Taking place remotely over nine months, the Novel Immersive for LGBTQ+ Writers is a program uniquely designed to fill this void and help queer writers complete or make significant progress towards completing a draft of their novel in a supportive community. LGBTQ+ writers will leave this immersive with a finished and/or more polished draft, a trajectory for getting published (including support for applying to higher-level GrubStreet programs, such as the Novel Incubator), and a supportive queer writing community that they can hold onto long after the program is over.Apply here!LUIZA GURLEY’S CHAPBOOK WORKSHOP!

Learn how to craft your chapbook project with Luiza Flynn-Goodlett!Do you have an idea that’s too unwieldy, strange, or diffuse for a single poem? A story to tell in verse? Or a voice you can’t shake? Enter the chapbook project—a place to explore and expand, and ultimately, travel outside your comfort zone to thrilling results.In this workshop, students will initiate a chapbook-length series of narrative poems, emerging from the process with a solid foundation on which to build their chapbook project.
Register here!

VISIT OUR SHOP!



Our anthology is now available as an ePUB! 
Purchase it here.

 

Issues 6.1 is now available for purchase! 
Buy it here. As always, shop via Amazon Smile to donate a percentage of your order to Foglifter!

Have a lovely start to your spring!  We hope to see your submissions soon.

New Resource: Libguide on LGBTQ Writers and Artists in Special Collections

HORNBAKELIBRARY

Hornbake Library’s Literature and Rare Books collectioncontains many excellent works by LGBTQ writers and artists.  If you would like to learn more about works by LGBTQ people in Literature and Rare Books but aren’t sure where to start, we have the solution.  Exploring Hornbake’s holdings from LGBTQ writers is easier than ever with our new subject guide, LGBTQ Writers and Artists in Special Collections!

More info here: https://hornbakelibrary.wordpress.com/2021/04/15/new-resource-libguide-on-lgbtq-writers-and-artists-in-special-collections/

Anathema Magazine

Have you heard about this website yet? A friend shared it with me yesterday as another resource for us: http://www.anathemamag.com/about-anathema

They write;

At Anathema we’re interested in giving that exceptional work a home. Specifically the exceptional work of queer people of colour (POC)/Indigenous/Aboriginal creators. As practicing editors we’re keenly aware of the structural and institutional racism that makes it hard for the work of marginalized writers to find a home.

So Anathema: Spec from the Margins is a free, online tri-annual magazine publishing speculative fiction (SF/F/H, the weird, slipstream, surrealism, fabulism, and more) by queer people of colour on every range of the LGBTQIA spectrum.

Worth submitting to. See the last issue online for a sense of all they publish. Good luck!

The Art and Practice of Queer Storytelling

A 6-week studio workshop with the Constellation, a place for writers

By the end of the course, students will enjoy, evaluate, and practice the craft of writing queer narratives within a variety of genres. This course is open to queer writers/poets and our allies, in short, anyone who would like to immerse themselves in creating authentic queer characters. 

There’s a growing openness to other gender roles and identities for example but how do you write about such characters? There’s so much more to it than simply changing pronouns. This is important work, to make space and the stories of those of us on the edges.

Writers and Poets we’ll look at include:

Gloria Anzaldua, Richard Blanco, Jericho Brown, Ivan Coyote, Cooper Lee Bombardier, Donika Kelly, David Levithan, Carmen Maria Machado, Corrinne Manning, Eileen Myles, Ruben Quesada, Hasanthika Sirisena, Jeanette Winterson, Lidia Yuknavitch, and others. 

With a conversation about queer culture as well as writing craft, we’ll dive into generative work from gender-queer perspectives. After talking about social expectations, roles, emotional reactions, physicality, mainstream media and yes, pronouns, we’ll free write together. We’ll all bring in and share prompts from videos, headlines, photos, music, poems, short stories, and flash fiction. With a freedom of experimentation, economy, wit, your work will offer a sense of place, mood, scene and atmosphere in under three pages. These pieces are often less narrative and more evocative. They give us, the readers, a slice or quality of life, a moment of discovery, or a flash of illumination. They are complete and when you finish, the last line stains and lingers.

Writers will leave with a good sense of characterision and at least 3-5 new short works created over the six weeks of conversation and practice. 

Generate fresh queer stories. 

Create non-conforming gender characters. 

Focus on the craft of writing beyond the coming out/transition focus. 

Process: Read/Evaluate/Practice

  • First few weeks, we will focus on character building questionaire to build out authentic gender-queer/ queer narrators
  • Revise characters with a queering touch, how can we say it without saying it? 
  • Write short stories with each of our new protagonists
  • Evaluate gender markers including point of view, setting, concerns, attributes, languages, and character 
  • Co-create a reading list of contemporary, published queer narratives across a range of genres
  • Engage in Conversations about writing from within a queer persective
  • Consider terms and the changing social landscape re gender/queer identities
  • Create stories that move beyond coming out/transitioning. 
  • Role of Validation, bullying, presentation, representation, publication 
  • Expectations: Students show up for each other as they read their work aloud and get feedback from each other, collaborative and positive 
  • Revision Process: Using the premise that each writer asks questions of cohort before reading own work and we help them reach those goals with suggestions and opportunities to develop

Over 6 weeks = three new short stories (300 to 1500 words) and/or write new material as a basis for longer work. 

Multi-Week Classes

Running for 6 consecutive weeks, this workshop-style course is for students interested in generating new work, or developing and revising their current projects while getting feedback from instructors and fellow students. For Queers and our allies. Love us or leave us. 

Max: approx 12 participants

Location: Zoom
Type(s): Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Experimental, Flash, Gender, Gender Studies, Hybrid, Mixed Genre, Sexuality.

BIO: Sarah (sleam) Leamy is a doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham (UK) with a focus on Androgynous Narratives and the representation of gender ambiguity in contemporary western literature. She is the author of When No One’s Looking (Eloquent Press), Lucky Shot (SBG), Lucky Find (Blue Mesa Books) and Van Life. Other work is (or soon to be) in Los Angeles Review, Finishing Line Press, Hunger Mountain, Santa Fe Project Quarterly, Devil’s Party Press, Dune Review, and Best Emerging Poets of NM amongst others. She has just finished working on a new hybrid memoir, Stay, with Lidia Yuknavitch. Finishing Line Press is publishing a gender-queer chapbook, Hidden, in Spring 2021. G’Dog, short stories collection, is under contract for publishing in 2022. Sarah presents at various colleges and conferences on writing from a gender-queer perspective. She is passionate about sharing the importance, craft, validation and conversation about representing outsider experiences through storytelling. 

www.sarahleamy.com

Ten Indigenous Two-spirit Authors/Poets

Updated April 2021

Gwen Benaway “Holy Wild”

Chrystos “Not Vanishing”

Qwo-Li Driskell “Asegi Stories”

Jewelle Gomez “The Gilda Stories”

Daneil Heath Justice (co-edited the Sovereign Erotics collection) “The Way of Thorn and Thunder”

Tomson Highway “Kiss of the Fur Queen”

Maurice Kenny “Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer”

Deborah Miranda “Bad Indians”

She also edited a collection, Soveriegn Erotics

Sharron Proulx-Turner “she walks for days inside a thousand eyes”

Storme Webber “Blues Divine”