*EDIT- Thank you so much for your submissions; the call is now closed. We are currently reading through the (truly stellar!) work and doing the difficult job of selecting pieces to include in the collection. By the end of January 2018, we will email all poets who submitted with our decision, and details about the next steps in this project.*
Body Politic: Illustrated poems about the body and disability
Disabled bodies hold meanings and magic. Disabled bodies are what all bodies come to look like. Disabled bodies are misunderstood and excluded from art and culture. Disabled bodies don't need changing, fixing, or explaining. Disabled bodies hold meanings and magic. Disabled bodies are powerful.
We invite disabled poets to contribute their meaning and magic to the collection, Body Politic: Illustrated poems about the body and disability. We are imagining that this project will culminate in publishing a book and hosting an art show of the poems printed as broadsides.
We are seeking poems that are built around images and dive deep into the layers and complexities of the disability experience. Poems should be under 25 lines for design purposes. All styles are welcome. This will be an inspiration porn-free collection.
Please submit up to six poems as a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org. This call is open until January 1st, 2018. We will contact you regarding submissions and selections for the collection by January 2018.
P.C. Wright and Sandra Gibbons are artists living in Portland, Oregon. P.C. Wright is a disabled poet and organizer. His recent works include the long-form poem "Amygdala Times" and the collection Walkies Tell Me. Sandra Gibbons is an cartoonist and illustrator. The original drawings from her Gertrude Stein adaptation, Tender Buttons: OBJECTS, were recently acquired by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. See her portfolio at sandragibbons.net