Monday, May 28, 2007

Submit to Knockout!

Get busy, folks. There's a new magazine in town:

Poets Jeremy Halinen and Brett Ortler are editors of a new print literary magazine called Knockout. The first issue is scheduled to appear in September 2007. Knockout is not an LGBT magazine, per se (meaning that it’s open to everyone), but it will have a strong LGBT emphasis or presence (at least 50% of each issue by LGBT poets).

The first issue includes work by Carl Phillips, Carol Guess, Larissa Szporluk, Laurie Blauner, Lynn Levin, Timothy Liu, Jonathan Williams, Thomas Meyer, Jim Elledge, Christopher Hennessy, Antler, Ronald H. Bayes, CAConrad, Gerard Wozek, Jeff Mann, Aaron Smith, Michael Montlack, Jeffery Beam, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, Ger Killeen, Thomas Lux, Denver Butson, Dan Pinkerton, Todd Boss, Charles Jensen, Brent Goodman, Theodore Enslin, Alberto Rios, David Mason, and Joseph Massey, among others.

The editors are now reading submissions for the second issue, and request submissions of 3-6 poems, sent all in one file, preferably an MS Word document, to the following two email addresses:
knockoutpoetry@gmail.com
jeremyhalinen@yahoo.com

Please note that the editors are NOT considering unsolicited fiction or nonfiction submissions at this time.

To be considered for our second issue, please submit no later than August 15, 2007 (although the editors recommend sending them much sooner, as the issue may fill up much sooner than that). A submission received after that deadline will be considered for the following issue. Response time is generally two weeks, but never more than a month. Payment for accepted work will be two copies, one for the contributor and one for a friend of the contributor.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Call To Action -- Portland, OR, August 4, 2007

Hi Y'all,

Now, I know you are wondering where your next group hug is coming from. "When," you're thinking, "will I be hugged by a whole bunch of people wearing stonewashed denim? When will I get to sing songs about Jesus, about how he loved little lambkins?"

I have an answer for you. Your group hug and Jesus sing-along is coming very, very soon.

On August 4, in Portland, Oregon, the charming folks from Focus On The Family will converge at an as-of-yet-undisclosed location to hold a "dynamic" one-day conference. That's right -- "dynamic." No doubt about it. The conference is called "Love Won Out" -- note the optimism in the verb tense there. That's past tense. Love, it seems, has already won.

By now you can probably guess what the topic of this special event is: that's right. THE GAYS.
Once again, my girlfriend and I are practically famous. WE are responsible for EVERY EVIL
known to mankind, and therefore, it is imperative that we be SAVED.

Of course, Focus On The Family has been trying to "convert" The Gays for years now. So far
it doesn't seem to be working very well. But the tone of the conference is chipper -- after all, where else can you "hear from nationally known experts who have firsthand experience with the seldom-told side of the homosexual issue"? Nationally known experts like Nancy Heche, mother of Anne Heche, ex-lesbian icon? And hottie hotpants Alan Chambers, ex-gay stud (he "left homosexuality in '91," as if it were a small town in Iowa) who's now president of Exodus International, the world's largest conversion therapy machine?

I know you wanna go to this conference; I know you do. So, call to action: all queers and queer friendlies (ie sane people) within driving distance show up, make out, sing show tunes, and see how many ex-gays you can share, um, hand soap with in the bathrooms of the conference hall.

Seriously, folks -- tell your friends, and let's protest in style. Style is, after all, something
they can never take away from us. They might brainwash us, tear us away from our children, destroy our relationships with our blood family, force us into invasive "counseling," including forced rape and electroshock therapy, beat the crap out of us, and call us names. But they can never take away our dance moves.

See you there.
xo
c

Sunday, May 13, 2007

My Father In Water

I've got new work in Blue Mesa Review, Spring 2007 Issue 19.
"My Father In Water" is an essay juxtaposing my father's death
from cancer with my girlfriend's father's homophobia.

Our blind dog makes a guest appearance, and there's a ghost in it, as well.

Right now I'm reading _The Man Suit_ (Zachary Schomburg),
which makes me see things backwards and upside down.