Indolent Books is a small independent press founded in 2015 and operating in Brooklyn, N.Y. We publish print books and sometimes run online poetry features on the Indolent Books website or on project-based websites such as the HIV Here & Now project.Our poetic values include diversity, inclusion, innovation, provocation, and risk.
Here's what you get when you Google "national poetry month hiv aids 2017"
Missing: hiv ‎aids
 
That's right. HIV and AIDS are literally, virtually, digitally, really and truly missing from the celebrations of poetry going on this National Poetry Month 2017.
 
I've been wondering what Indolent Books and our fiscal parent, Indolent Arts Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity, could do for National Poetry Month that was different from what everyone else was doing. SHAME ON ME  for not thinking sooner of our own HIV HERE AND NOW PROJECT.

THIS is where we need to focus our efforts for National Poetry Month 2017 and it's many poem-a-day-for-30-days projects...

...all inspired by my dear friend Maureen Thorson, the founder of NaPoWriMo, (National Poetry WRITING Month) an annual project in which poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.

So here's the deal. Anybody who wants can write an HIV/AIDS poem for NaPoWriMo and submit it via our Submittable site. We will post one of those poems each day of April. Today, April 1, is going to be a challenge, because it's already 6:48 pm EDT...but I know this will all work out in the end...it always has, it always does, it always will.

Since we can only post one poem per day on HH&N, we encourage you to post your own poems elsewhere—on your social media feeds, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, your blog.

In addition, we will be including a DAILY PROMPT along with each day's poem. You do not have to use the prompt, but you are welcome to if if will help you write. WE REPEAT: To quote Maureen Thorson, the doyenne of NaPoWriMo, "The prompts we post each day are totally optional. Use ‘em if you like ‘em; ignore ‘em if you don’t."

For the daily prompt, see the NaPoWriMo2017 section of the HIV Here & Now website.

HIV Here & Now is a project of Indolent Arts Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity. Consider supporting us with a tax-deductible contribution.

If you have any questions, email founding editor of HIV Here & Now and founding director of Indolent Arts Michael Broder: michael@indolentarts.org.

Indolent Books is seeking poems for its online poem-a-day feature, What Rough Beast.

What Rough Beast features poems in response to the Trump administration. The series has a political premise: (1) Donald J. Trump was unfit even to seek the nomination, and by all appearances is unfit to serve as president of the United States; (2) the new Trump administration poses dire risks to racial justice, civil rights, voting rights, organized labor, economic justice, women's right, abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, public education, climate change, nuclear proliferation, international diplomacy, and more; (3) this shit is scary.

All of that being said, Indolent Books and the What Rough Beast series value poetry that uses all the resources of poetry. We do not want poems about Trump per se—definitely not childish attacks on his hair, hands, or anything of that sort. We do not want poems that lament how awful it is that Trump got elected. WE DO WANT POEMS about the political issues, the national mood, etc. Not every poem needs to be a pointed critique. Pointed critique is allowed, but the poem must always above all be a good poem, using the resources of poetry, such as metaphor, imagery, form, and to borrow the four temperaments of Gregory Orr, story, structure, music, and imagination. A rant is not a poem—unless it is. It's all in the craft. Please be crafty, and in the timeless words of Emily Dickinson, "Tell all the truth but tell it slant."

IMPORTANT: Poems submitted for this series must be new, previously unpublished, and should ideally have been written consciously and deliberately to address the topic of the series. A great poem that happens to fit the theme is not totally out of the question, but we believe the series will be stronger if it is made up of poems written specifically for the series.

SUBMIT up to 10 poems or 10 pages of poetry in a Word file. NOT PDF. Word.

INCLUDE a brief bio that includes in the following order: Any books published; any journals in which poems have appeared; any anthologies in which poems have appeared; a few other personal or professional details of your choice.

Indolent Books has reopened submissions for poems for The HIV Here & Now Print Poetry Anthology (forthcoming in 2017). 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.

Personal experience is fair game, but we prefer poems that follow Emily Dickinson's craft advice: "Tell all the truth but tell it slant." Us the resources of poetry: metaphor and imagery, or to echo Gregory Orr's four temperaments, story, structure, music, and imagination.

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, in development since spring 2015, draws poems from the online poem-a-day countdown to 35 years of AIDS that ended on June 5, 2016 and from the online poem-a-day countdown leading up to World AIDS Day 206.

This Call for Submission reopens now so that we keep the anthology as fresh and current as possible as we continue to refine the manuscript, and so that we can continue to include a wider array of more diverse and inclusive new voices addressing the full range of possibilities for relationship to HIV in 2017: positive, negative, being at risk, using condoms, being on PrEP, barebacking, being in a serodiscordant relationship, being LGBTQ, being QTPOC, being genderqueer or gender nonconforming, being straight, injecting drugs, being in any kind of relationship with people or are infected, affected, or at risk: partner, friend, family.

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 on Submittable. If you do not have a Submittable account you may create one for free during the submission process. Please submit a Word document. Not a PDF. Word. With minimal formatting. PDFs and Word docs with lots of formatting make it harder to create the manuscript.