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The theme for Issue 9.2 is [de]humanization:
Strip searches. Detainment centers. Myths about money or laziness or crime. Throughout history, humans in power have invented thousands of cruel and disturbingly common ways to separate themselves from those they oppress. This psychological trick of separation insists that what makes us human cannot be fundamental but instead must be earned or approved and may be granted or taken away. The experience of "humanity" has never been uniform, especially when expressing that humanity can feel like a radical act for those who are marginalized based on race, gender, religion, queerness, national origin, and/or ability. To this end, our issue seeks pieces that explore and reflect H/humanity and the inherent preconceptions and assumptions built into the term. The assumption that writing is an exclusively "human" act is itself a preconception of a (often singular, often hegemonic) definition of what it means to "be human." We embrace the implicit challenge in the famous Terence quote, “Homo sum: humani nil a me alienum puto / Nothing human is alien to me,” as well as the uncomfortable truths it might unearth within us. For our upcoming themed issue, we invite poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual poetry that mobilizes the singularly human need for art in defense of what is human and what is sacred about being human. Pieces might also explore the notion of essential humanness through its apparent absence, making use of technology or experiment to question this link between humanity and art. We are especially interested in pieces that push back against oppressive assumptions and structures from the perspectives of historically marginalized and underrepresented writers, as one of our goals for this issue is to investigate both the idea of innate immutable humanity and the label of "human" as one that can be freely bestowed or removed. We seek your affirmations and your denials, your losses and recoveries, your disconnections and reunions.
Thanks for sharing your work with us! We publish two web issues each year, in February and in July. Submissions for the July issue are open February 15th - April 30th. Submit by visiting our submission manager. The manager contains more detailed information about what we're looking for in terms of formatting and length. Please include a brief bio with your submission. Tell us something funny and potentially embarrassing about yourself.
You are welcome to submit up to 6 poems and 4000 words of prose for themed issue or online publication. We accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual poetry/word art. In the case of hybrid works, please submit to the category you feel best represents your work.
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