So, much media by trans folx (especially trans women) is wrapped up in trans labels. When was the last time you read or saw something about Laverne Cox for example that didn't mention the fact that she is trans? What about Fallon Fox?
It's so nice to see another trans persons work just standing on it's own and being brilliant without a bunch of cis folx throwing trans labels all over them. (This may have happened, but it was at least a lesser amount to the extent that I didn't notice it).
@polymerwitch the only person that has come close to breaking from the label is Wendy Carlos, but I think it's because she isn't afraid to fight like hell.
There are two sides to this. On one hand queer writers should just be seen as writers. On the other, being seen as such usually requires ignoring the experience of being queer and writing solely about cishet people. It's the attitude that being queer isn't normal that has to change.
@kittybecca @polymerwitch yeah. in my work, my approach has always been "i'm going to write about what i'm writing about, including being queer/trans/IS, and queer/trans/IS rhetorics and experiences, openly *and* i demand that my work be taken as seriously as any cithet (and frequently cishet and male) author's work is"
this isn't a guarantee of success, at least individually :p but i've never written solely for self-gain, anyway
"This Poem Is Coming Out As A Trans Poem"
it addresses a lot of this stuff. i can't wait until the issue is out, then i'll put it up online and share it here.
I'm in a complicated place around submissions, having self-published for years -- I do have a new collection coming out (heh) as part of an album I've been working on. I've gone the tradidtional route too.
I figure if I'm not getting paid for submissions (or a stipend-like amount that becomes negative income in practice), and potentially more people will read it if it's "distributed" on Bandcamp, especially those who likely wouldn't have otherwise...why not
i also make them cc-zero and make them reader sets price on smashwords. a couple people have paid for my latest collection; one paid $30 and the other paid $20, which was great. i've also been submitting way more often to journals that give honorariums, though.
Interesting. I had someone tell me that the (soft) bound thesis I put together was worth $20 to them, based on both content and aesthetics/look of the book itself.
It's interesting what people will pay for and not, depending on context, etc.
Encouraging to hear that people will pay for poetry on Smashwords. I'd been presuming that was a dead end.
It's been a while since I checked honorarium-based journals/awards. The ones I saw in P&W at least seemed generalist enough that I presumed that it would be more like needle in a haystack once the review proces started, as well as a lot of my work being experimental enough to not fit within scope
Here's the 120 dollar poem (20 for the original publication and a hundred for the prize): http://maryjournal.org/winter2017/the-issue/poetry/catherine-b-krause/ *shrug* it's all about sending stuff out and if they reject it they reject it, for me
@kittybecca @polymerwitch exactly. it also opens up possibilities: it's a lot more than just "upending the canon" (although that can be interesting and fun), or "write what you know", it makes new rhetorics possible
trans/post-gender: kari edwards, "Iduna", "A Day in the Life of P"
POC: Harryette Mullen, "Sleeping with the Dictionary"
POC/Mixed/Bi(?) (don't recall): Eleni Siklianos, "The California Poem"
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