Excited to announce that I will be serving as the Poetry Editor of Snarl: A Journal of Literature and Art. Created by Chloe Seim earlier this year, the Snarl team features Connie Fiorella, Nicolas Shump, Mercedes Lucero (me!), and Chloe Seim. See our general submission guidelines below or check out the website for more info!
We seek submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art from those of marginalized identities who live or have lived in the Lawrence/Greater Kansas City Area. If you are unsure if you meet these requirements, check out our FAQ page.
Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please let us know as soon as your work is accepted elsewhere. Please find specific guidelines for each genre below.
For each category, there are free and tip jar options. It is not necessary to submit a tip jar submission, and whether a submission is paid or free will NOT influence our decision to decline or accept a work. Tip Jar submissions help us to offset production costs and pay our contributors. Thank you!
My Zinn Writer in Residency at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School wrapped up a few days ago. For our final visit, Alex Kimball Williams and I met with students of color to talk about self-love, identity, healing, and creating space for ourselves.
I'm grateful to have had the chance to work with all of the 180 seventh graders over the past few months and to watch them discover the possibilities of poetry. This is only a small sample of all the cool stuff we did. Several students were able to perform (many for the very first time) at the 6th Annual Poetry Fair held in Lawrence, KS.
Young people have a lot to say and I am humbled to have been a part of facilitating a NECESSARY space for their voices.
Our final collaborative chapbook with the students' poems is available through the Lawrence Arts Center for $10. All proceeds go directly to keeping programs like this in Lawrence,KS public schools.
So many people helped make this happen...from teachers to parents to local organizers & local organizations. Forever thankful 🖤
"I am Ready to Quilt Myself Into Myself," a video poetic. Thanks to Nicholas Manning and Jordan Stempleman for publishing this work, which is featured in their Winter 2019 works alongside Martín Klein, Laura Mullen, Gabe Raines, and Andrea Karo.
Since 2007, The Continental Review has been dedicated to video poetics and for that, I am a thankful writer.
Honored to announce that my poem, "I wonder why they never taught us about Sylvia Mendez" was a Top 60 finalist among over 400 entries. Though it was not selected, it still feels amazing to have a poem come so close! I'll be waiting to see the winning poem announced, which will no doubt be electrifying. You can check out the contest, as well as Philadelphia Stories, here.
Very excited to announce that I have a new video poem forthcoming in The Continental Review. "I Am Ready to Quilt Myself Into Myself" is a visual and poetic meditation on the links between quilting, identity, and discovery. This is such a cool digital space and I'll be joining some really amazing works by writers like Kaveh Akbar, Simone Savannah, Jim McCrary, Candice Wuehle, Marty Cain and more!
I read some poems from my newest book at the Myers Hotel Revue with musical accompaniment from some really talented musicians. It's the closest I'll ever get to being in a band. It was also one of the best experiences I've ever had. Huge thanks to Heidi Gluck and everyone I shared the stage with. What a special night!