Indolent Books continues to seek poems for The HIV Here & Now Print Poetry Anthology (forthcoming in 2017), a component of the HIV Here & Now Project. Poems may address long-term survival, recent infection, racialization of HIV, criminalization of HIV, globalization of HIV, and living with HIV risk, among other topics.
The print anthology is different from the online poem-a-day countdown to 35 years of AIDS that ended on June 5, 2016.
The HIV Here & Now Print Poetry Anthology is a place for poems about HIV and the experience of HIV in this world right here and right now.
The poet does not have to be HIV-positive or have AIDS. The poems, however, must have a connection to HIV or AIDS on some level, be it direct or indirect, literal or metaphorical.
The HIV Here & Now Print Poetry Anthology will draw poems from the online poem-a-day countdown to 35 years of AIDS that ended on June 5, 2016. Any poems that were posted as part of that project or submitted to that project are already under consideration for the The HIV Here & Now Print Poetry Anthology.
The HIV Here & Now online poem-a-day countdown, however, did not yield enough work with a connection to HIV or AIDS on some level, be it direct or indirect, literal or metaphorical. That is why this CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS remains open.
In addition, poets of color, especially black poets, are underrepresented in the HIV Here & Now online poem-a-day countdown. Worldwide, black people bear the brunt of the ongoing HIV epidemic, and their voices are essential to this project.
In the United States, while HIV does not "discriminate," HIV does maintain an "affirmative action program" of sorts for people of color, and among people of color especially black people, and among black people especially young black gay men and transgender women. These are the groups hardest hit by the ongoing HIV epidemic. The voices of people of color, especially black people, especially young black gay men and transgender women, are essential to this project.
TO BE CLEAR: No poet submitting to this project has to be HIV-positive or have AIDS. This applies to poets of any race or identity. We are underscoring the importance to this project of black poets, both men and women, and especially young black gay male and transgender women poets. But no poet submitting to this project has to be HIV-positive or have AIDS.
Work can be previously published in a journal, book, or online. Acknowledgment will be given to the journal, book, or website where any previously published piece originally appeared.
DEADLINE: Submissions are open until we say they are closed.
WHAT TO SUBMIT: Up to 10 poems or up to 10 pages of poetry. Work may have been previously published in a journal, book, anthology, or other form. Please indicate in your submission where any previously published work appeared. We will research and pursue any necessary permissions during the development process.
HOW TO SUBMIT: Submit here on Submittable. If you do not have a Submittable account you may create one for free during the submission process.