BEST GAY POETRY edited by Lawrence Schimel
BEST LESBIAN POETRY edited by Linda Alvarez
For the 2008 editions of this exciting new series celebrating the best in gay/lesbian poetry, A Midsummer Night's Press invites submissions of poems published during 2007.
Poems can have appeared in print or online magazines, journals, or anthologies; we are also willing to consider poems from books or chapbooks first published in 2007, even if the poem was originally published previously in periodicals, so long as the poet has the right to reprint the poem.
We are open to all styles of poetry, from formal to free verse; we are likewise open-minded in terms of content, so long as it somehow fits (even if pushing the boundaries of) what might be considered "gay poetry" or "lesbian poetry".
We are willing to consider slam poetry, so long as it has been published in text form, not merely performed; the poem must also work on the page, for these anthologies.
We are open to English-language poetry from all over the world, and actively look to include non-North American voices.
Submissions from individual poets or queries should be sent by email in .doc format to one of the following addresses, as appropriate:
Please title documents with the poet's surname.
Please include contact information (both street and email address), bio, and previous publication history WITHIN the document, as documents will be read separately from the emails.
Deadline is December 1, 2007.
(We will consider submissions of work that is scheduled to appear in the latter half of the year, but which has not yet been published.)
In each volume, A Midsummer Night's Press also plans to include a round-up of all books/journals/anthologies of gay/lesbian poetry published the previous year. (We also welcome recommendations or suggestions of appropriate poems from editors of journals or anthologies.)
Books and journals for review can be sent to the attention of the appropriate editor at:
A Midsummer Night's Press
16 West 36th Street
New York NY 10018
About the Editors
Linda Alvarez is the editor of the anthologies BEST DATE EVER: TRUE STORIES THAT CELEBRATE LESBIAN RELATIONSHIPS (Alyson) and DYKE THE HALLS: EROTIC LESBIAN CHRISTMAS TALES (Circlet) and lives in New York City.
Lawrence Schimel is an award-winning author and anthologist who has published over 80 books, including FIRST PERSON QUEER (Arsenal Pulp), TWO BOYS IN LOVE (Seventh Window), THE FUTURE IS QUEER (Arsenal Pulp), PoMoSEXUALS (Cleis), and TWO HEARTS DESIRE (St. Martin's Press). He also edited the first (and so far only) anthology of gay love poetry to appear in Catalan, ELLS S'ESTIMEN (Llibres de l'Index). His poems have appeared in a diverse array of periodicals, from THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR to PHYSICS TODAY to THE LYRIC, and have been widely anthologized in GAY LOVE POETRY, THE PRACTICE OF PEACE, CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE HORSE-LOVER'S SOUL 2, and THE RANDOM HOUSE TREASURY OF LIGHT VERSE, among others. He lives in Madrid, Spain.
About the Publisher:
A Midsummer Night's Press (www.amidsummernightspress.com) is an independent publisher devoted primarily to poetry, publishing under three imprints: Fabula Rasa for work inspired by fairy tales or mythology, Funny Bones for light verse and humor, and Body Language for works exploring sexuality and queer subjects. The press' first titles include THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED IN OUR OTHER LIFE by Achy Obejas, THE GOOD-NEIGHBOR POLICY: A DOUBLE-CROSS IN DOUBLE DACTYLS by Charles Ardai, and FAIRY TALES FOR WRITERS by Lawrence Schimel. A Midsummer Night's Press is distributed by SPD (www.spdbooks.org).