Poems & Numbers is an online space that publishes mujeres, nonbinary folks and those (women of color & Indigenous women-when mujeres is used here the intent is women of color and indigenous women) who face class+race multiple marginalization including crip, neurodiversity and disabilities.
A place for us who are poets, writers and artists that miss out on opportunities because of submission fees, the cost of retreats, child care costs and the way the publishing industry is often based on a class system but also a system that operates and benefits from white supremacy. This is a space for creators that look at the numbers that make up their bills before looking at their submission stats.
This space is for discussion and dialogue for women of color who struggle to be seen as having “worth” or “value” and what that means to different people. The idea came about as I answered a call for submissions but I didn’t fit the criteria as I hadn’t made enough income from publishing.
Noemi Martinez is a is a queer crip poet-curandera, writer, historian and cultural worker with Mexican and Caribbean roots. A first gen Brujx in these lands, Noemi was born in Chicago and now the Rio Grande Valley is home, with home being that unsettling barometer of belonging or not, of having a home country or not, of being rooted in other lands yet not. Some of her poems, essays, artwork and words can be found in Bitch, Tayo, Alyss, The Deaf Poets Society, Jellyfish Review, Revolutionary Motherhood: Love on the Frontlines, Pimento: Journal of All Things Disability, Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements, The Geeky Gimp and Xicana Chronicles.
Alana King is a first year PhD candidate in Humanities. Her research interests include American Literature and History, the literature and history of marginalized and non-mainstream populations, film studies, and genocide studies. You can find her online at alanacking.com and on Twitter @alanacking
About Poems & Numbers
Poems & Numbers is an Hermana Resist Press project. Marginalization is a muli-layered concept. Here we seek to address and give space to those who have overlapping marginalized aspects in our lives. While some
Marginalization is a muli-layered concept. Here we seek to address and give space to those who have overlapping marginalized aspects in our lives. While some litmags and other spaces address sexism or single issue or varied activism, we want to address the concerns of the most marginalized of these groups, and how they intersect in our identities, and in doing so call and address how other establishments fail to adequately address this. Often it is helpful to stress what we are not because of the way we are marginalized. But here, we want to stress us, who we are and why we congregate and not name the power dynamics we want to break from.