A special pop-up issue on the Border Wall
→With the promise of funneling more money into building a larger border fence;
→While Mexicans both documented and undocumented were recently rounded up by ICE in major cities across the US;
→Chicanxs, Mexican@s and Indigenous communities in our racist and xenophobic society will continue to live through violent repercussions for existing and living;
→Because the border fence also divided tribal land which included Indigenous nations and tribes;
Seeking submissions from Mexican women of color, Xicanas and Chicana poets, writers, brujas and artists who face class and multiple marginalizations including disability/being crip to submit for a special issue on the dividing wall. Send poems, experimental poems, and art-collage combined with poetry pieces. These are our spells and gritos.
Deadline 4/15. Timely response.
Poetry/art and Collages
⇒Send 1-3 pieces.
⇒If you are sending collages, send them as high-quality attachments, along with their titles and an artist statement in a document. For accessibility to people who use screen readers, who are blind, who have visual processing disorders and/or low vision, you will be asked to also submit a short description of your pieces. It’s up to you on how in depth you would like to describe your artwork. For example, noting race, skin color, eye color can be of importance when noting white supremacy in popular culture or dominant culture or if the image header or art piece features a person of color. Here’s a short article on how to write descriptions to make images accessible to people who are blind.
⇒For poem or art and collage pieces: Add art or poem or collage-the Wall-Last name to the subject line. Add poem, art or collage +the wall, Last name to the subject line.
⇒Send all pieces as attachments, and not in the body of the email. Submissions should be in 10 or 12 standard font, such as Time New Roman.
⇒Example: 2 poems-the wall -Martinez.
⇒Simultaneous Submissions: These are timely pieces. Please let us know if they are sim subs and if they are accepted elsewhere as soon as possible.
⇒There is no waiting period for this special issue and our regular issue. You can submit to this issue and our regular issue within the same timeframe.
⇒Response time: Please allow 2 weeks for a response for this issue.
⇒Poems & Numbers will not make any editorial or formatting changes without contributor’s approval. You will retain the right to review the final draft of their work prior to publication.
⇒With regards to the republication of your piece, we ask that you contact us if/when such a case arises, such as a chapbook or an anthology, and credit Poems & Numbers as the work’s first publisher.
⇒Include a brief cover letter in your attachment. In your email include a short bio of 100 words and any links to be included.
⇒No previously published work for this issue. This includes zines, blogs, or Tumblr posts. If your piece has been published elsewhere, either in print or online, please do not submit it.
⇒By submitting your work you confirm that the work submitted is original and you are the sole creator.
⇒If you are using a pen name that is meant to convey a person of a different, marginalized group such as a person of color when you are not a person of color, don’t do it. We’d get angry and throw a twitter tantrum. Don’t submit to us using a pen name that is meant to “sound” like a person of color if you are a white person.
⇒Writers accepted for publication grant Poems and Numbers Serial Rights. Following publication, all rights revert back to you.
⇒If your work is selected, you give us permission to share your work, name & bio on our site and social media.
⇒Payment: Contributors receive 10 USD.
⇒Submissions and questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
⇒Donations: Donations can be made to assist poets and artists for this issue of Poems & Numbers. We want to be able to pay all the writers of future editions as well as the editors and assistants.
⇒Payment to the wonderful writers and poets who will appear in this issue depend entirely on the donations we will receive.
⇒Donations can be made to poemsandnumbers [at]gmail.com
⇔If you would like to support us with time, editorial work, volunteering, social media, outreach, reach out to us at hermanresistpress (at)gmail.com. We do not charge reading fees. Everyone involved does this as a labor of love and because we believe the work we do is important.
Poems and Numbers is an online space that publishes the work of women of color, Black women & Indigenous women who face class+race and multiple marginalizations including disability/being crip and neurodiversity.
Marginalization is a multi-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 attention to and address how other establishments fail to adequately center the most marginalized voices. 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.