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.