4 Awesome Queer Literary Journals

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Time to take a break from reading the news (after you’ve called your senators/ the remaining undecided senators to protest the American Healthcare Act https://5calls.org). It’s great to stay informed, but it’s also important not to let ourselves get hopelessly anxious over the latest headlines. Here are 7 gender- and genre-bending literary journals of queer poetry and fiction to restore your inspiration:

  • Bloom:
    Published by the Arts in Bloom Project, Inc., Bloom is based in Los Angeles and publishes artists and writers who identify as LGBTQ+. A single issue of the magazine runs for $12, but you can view their “poems of the week” for free at the following link: http://bloomliteraryjournal.org/read/poems-of-the-week/
  • THEM:
    “THEM is a body of writers, of writing that does not conform.” This journal is a collective of writers and creators who lie in between, across, or outside of the gender binary. Purchase issues online or read them for free at: http://themlit.com/is-ii-2015/
  • Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color:
    Nepantla is an e-journal of poetry, published in collaboration with Lambda Literary. Dedicated to supporting the work of QPOC, the journal is published annually and available for free online. From their website: “Nepantla is a journal of multiplicity, of continual reinvention.” http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/09/04/read-the-inaugural-issue-of-nepantla-a-journal-dedicated-to-queer-poets-of-color/
  • Gertrude Press:
    Unlike the other publications on this list, Gertrude Press has had a longstanding presence in the LGBTQ+ literary world. It’s been published since 1999, and its website offers interviews with queer artists, writing contests, and a huge archive of poetry and fiction: http://www.gertrudepress.org/

Author: Clare McKinley

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