Please come to Table T2060 at the Oregon Convention Center during AWP, March, 2019. The Unchaste will be there with their beautiful books and other merch. If you’re Unchaste (or Wayward!), come and sell your merch, too. There’ll be books and off-site reading and many of the Unchaste will be there.
Please submit an original/never to be published elsewhere piece of writing expressing what’s on your mind.
Word Count: 150 words (yes, I know!)
Visual art: One image that will need to be easily manipulated and highest resolution possible. Must be black and white.
Theme: What’s on your mind (which is always the theme of the Unchaste Readers Series: Reading Our Minds).
Consider: The topic of being Unchaste as you see it or how being Unchaste or the idea of human beings being Unchaste (or any variation on what comes to mind) affects you/loved ones/everyone/lots of someones/etc.
Who can submit: Anyone who considers themselves to be woman/femme/gender non-binary in any personally defined way. Just please don’t submit if you’re a CIS man.
Understand: We’re here to subvert and express and be de-centering forces against the heterosexist, white-supremacist, capitalist patriarchy.
Understand: Who you are in this society and write to the truth of your experience.
Censorship/editing: I will work with some people who submit on strengthening their work whether it’s grammar or otherwise, but you’re responsible for your content, not me. I’m going to try to get as many of you in as possible.
Formatting and Etc.: If you have a very specific way you want your work to look, please make it that way, but make sure it’s easy to push into a Scout Book. It’s tiny. Tiny, tiny, beautiful space. If you have particular font and etc., again, please make sure it’s something the layout/design professional can do. I want to hold your work in this print space the way you want it to be held, so if you have questions, please let me know.
Please submit with the understanding that you won’t publish this work elsewhere (I can’t bring any force of law to this because that would be paperwork and understanding Vogonocracy and tax my brainpan, but it’d be great if you could abide so that this collection is truly unique).
So, if your work is accepted and published in this volume, you’ll be compensated via paypal or venmo. Those are the only options at the moment. You’ll be compensated $30 upon acceptance and you will receive two copies of the anthology. You can reject payment as it comes from my personal pocket, but I’m for compensation. I’m for you.
Also, please please please assist with the sales of this anthology and tell everyone about it so we can get them all sold and move on to Volume IV! They’ll be sold from the website (and from jennyforrest.com) and from the kind hearts of independent bookstores and at the AWP Conference in March, 2019 in Portland, Oregon.
If you have questions, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission Deadline: November 30th.
The color of the cover of the next anthology is an exciting mystery to be revealed by the talented and amazing Olivia Croom.
P.S. The editor retains all rights to publish/reject/etc. Rejection, so far, is rare, as those who aren’t able to be published in the current volume will be published in the next and so far, no one has submitted who is a CIS man. This is the way of things until something changes.
Come see Amy Souza, Lee Taulbee, Rashida Shani Young, and Jenny Forrester read things. There will be cake, purchased from Unicorn Bakery. See you there, Portland and the entire PNW because I'm leaving. Going to take Unchaste to The Rocky Mountains, leaving these Olympian ones and all this Water to you all. So. Come.
Come see us at Jade Lounge with Flint, Cassia, Amanda, and Jackie.
Jackie Treiber is a collage artist and writer from Portland, Oregon. Her collages have been featured at Blick Art, the Yards Collective in Rochester, New York and Redux Gallery in Portland. Over the years, her writing has been published in The Literary Review and Nailed Magazine.
Cassia Chambers is a writer who is also a labor-community organizer and parent. Her writing has been published in Nimrod International Journal, Bombay Gin, and The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care. She lives with her daughter in Portland.
Amanda Helstrom-White is Coloradoan who has made Portland her home for over 10 years. She started writing poetry via osmosis when she found herself in a relationship with the godfather of the poetry mafia. She is on a mission to bring new voices to the world via her reading series, Neon Dream She has read her poetry live at New Poet Challenge, Free Range Poetry, Unchaste Readers, Get Nervous, Grief Rites, KBOO’s Talking Earth, Talking To at Tony's Tavern, and Word Warriors. She has been published in Gobshite Quarterly, Acta Aperta, and recently published her first chapbook Tattoos and Haiku, a collection of 100 Haiku. She is currently working on her next project, Dear Asshole on the Bus and Other Rantings of an Angry Panda. She lives in Downtown Portland, Oregon, with her partner and her two teacup panthers, Walter and Jesse. You can find more of her work at angrypandapoet.tumblr.com
Flint is a queer writer, activist and performance artist with an MFA in Writing from the School of Critical Studies at CalArts, and an abiding interest in hybridity, performativity and generative genre-tampering. Her work has been published and performed here, there and elsewhere—including the theatre arts anthology Staging Social Justice and the introductory issue of Two Hawks Quarterly, where her poem, 'In Praise of Two Hawks Fucking,' inspired the journal's name. Her memoir, Blood, was a finalist for the University of New Orleans’ 2017 Press LAB Award.
Come to Pride on June 20th! Literary Arts Space, downtown PDX. 7 pm sharp start, hosted by Jewels!
Unchaste Readers Series
A reading series with an annual print anthology for poets, writers, musicians, artists who are Not CIS men.
Amie Zimmerman's got a new chapbook out! It's so beautiful.
Read some of her things here.
Jenny Yang TV is must must must see!
Aubrey Lenahan is a powerhouse. Aubrey is the author of Note Pinned to the Back of a Dress (H_NGM_N BOOKS, 2013). Her poems have appeared in Forklift, Ohio, Leveler, The Massachusetts Review, The Greensboro Review, and Boog City, among others. A native New Yorker, she has taught creative writing and literature at various east coast institutions, and now lives and writes in Portland, OR.
Pamela K. Santos has a new book out, too! Check for her work here. The Secret Lumpia.
And IPRC just graduated some wonderful souls from their publishing program. Jessica Wadleigh is one of them!
Links to come. I've read parts of this in pre-production. SO WONDERFUL
ALSO! Would you like to teach for writers in the schools in Oregon?
From the desk of Writers in the Schools. "We offer part-time, contractor-style work, placing writers in short-term creative writing residencies in public high schools. I think you’d be good at this, and I would love it if you’d give it some thought."
Information about applying is here:
See you at Jade Lounge on the 23rd of May, 2018! See you soon! Jenny Forrester, host.
Here's the May reading of Unchaste Readers Series: Black Voices. Jewels as host!
Thanks for being, reading, supporting.
Featured Readers, Jade Lounge 4/11: Alissa Hattman, Ophelia Darkly, Amy Leona Havin, Jessica Wadleigh
Featured Readers, Madrona Hill Cafe 4/15: Marissa Korbel, Leah Middleton, Mary Leauna Christensen, Cynthia Gomez
Featured Readers, Literary Arts 4/18: Julia Wohlstetter, Kelli Grinich, Jessica Mehta
So beautiful! Deepest thanks to Olivia Croom for design and layout and making this so gorgeous, to Lorna Nakell for the enduring logo, and to all the contributors without whom there's nothing.