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Dec.5th in #Berlin: #Indigenous Female & #Queer/Trans #Filmmakers Series at Xart Splitta

The final event this year in our indigenous female film series, but more coming in 2019!

About the series: 

A spirit permeates Western society of ignoring the harm caused to others, especially if it’s for one’s own gratification or convenience. Racism, homo- and transphobia, ableism and sexism are behaviors that demonstrate that spirit. They damage, deny and erase self-expression and identity. For Black People and People of Color, especially indigenous Women and Trans persons these problems intersect and are even greater.

Through film those affected can affirm agency and resist the systematic silencing and erasure of their voices. By telling their collective stories and shedding light on injustices that occurred historically and until today and the various forms of resistance against these, they can reclaim space and control their own narratives. Thereby ultimately empowering themselves and others within these communities.

In this series we would like to show a number of films by indigenous film makers dealing with a variety of topics amongst others historical and present day injustices, resistance, identity and intersectionality. Each screening will be accompanied by a discussion with the curator Red Haircrow and a guest speaker.


Details:

December 5th 2018, 7pm

With Red Haircrow (introduction) and guest speaker Ingrid Pumayalla

1. “Otras Madres” (Ingrid Pumayalla, 2018, 13min) (https://vimeo.com/300570013).

2. “Solid Sisters” (Jenny Fraser, 2016, 45min) (https://vimeo.com/161936015)

Full program here: www.xartsplitta.net/en/identity-intersectionality-indigeneity/

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“Werecats” Special Edition Paperback & Author Interview with Andrew J. Peters

The Popular Werecat Series Now Available as a Special Edition Paperback!

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Previously available as e-novelettes, paranormal fans can now pick up the first three installments of Andrew J. Peters’ Werecat series in one book! Included are: The Rearing (Book 1), The Glaring (Book 2) and The Fugitive (Book 3).

Here’s the back cover blurb:

“Twenty-two-year-old Jacks is on a mission to drown his past in alcohol when he meets a handsome drifter named Benoit on a lost weekend in Montréal. It’s lust and possibly something more. Jacks never suspects that a drunken hook-up will plunge him into the hidden, violent world of feline shifters.”

Praise for the Werecat series:

“Steamy enough to satisfy romance-genre die-hards. An innovative take on the shape-shifter genre; this first offering in a gay fantasy series should garner a large following.” — Kirkus Reviews

“If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to live and love as a big cat, this is the book for you.” — Wilde Oats Journal

“If you love action packed stories, more than a spot of violence, and a thread of a love story too, then you should definitely try this book.” —Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

Paperback available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite indie retailer, or dip your paws in the series with one of the e-books.

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Author Interview

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What’s been happening since you last stopped by to talk about Book 1 in the Werecat series?

It’s been an exciting time. 2013 was a break-out year for me after a long haul working on a number of stories and shopping them around. The Rearing came out in May of that year, and my first novel-length book The Seventh Pleiade débuted in November. I can’t say that I skyrocketed to celebrity, but I had a lot of fun with book release events and hopping around the blogosphere.

I continued the Werecat series with two more installments, and I’m currently working on the fourth and final book. Just this past year, I finished two other projects. Banished Sons of Poseidon is the follow-up young adult adventure to The Seventh Pleiade and will be coming out in October 2015 through Bold Strokes Books. In early 2016, I have another book Poseidon and Cleito coming out in a similar mythological vein, published by Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy. That book imagines the early days of the Atlantis legend.

What sort of people read your books?

I guess the common denominator is readers who like LGBTQIA fiction. Though my upcoming book Poseidon and Cleito features two hetero characters so it will be interesting to see how people respond to that. I get a lot of M/M romance readers shelving Werecat at Goodreads, and it’s been great meeting people of all ages through my young adult series. People pick up the books because they like fantasy and sometimes because they have a particular interest in Greek mythology, which is a big inspiration of mine.

Jacks, the main character in Werecat, is a self-described “Euro-American mutt” who discovers his Native ancestry, which was hidden from him. How did you go about realizing Jacks and the spiritual traditions that are behind Werecat’s mythology?

The Euro-American mutt part was easy since that’s close to home. But I definitely felt a sense of responsibility in portraying the Native aspects of his character. Jacks was raised outside of that culture so he is in a sense discovering it himself as the story progresses.

While I was working as a social worker for LGBTQIA youth, I had the privilege of having colleagues from Native communities. We collaborated to educate schools and service providers about LGBTQIA concerns and Native concerns specifically. I learned a lot from working with a great organization called the Northeast Two-Spirit Society.

Werecat took a lot of research because the premise is that shifter magic was borne from indigenous practices related to people possessing dual souls, in this case man and cat of course. That was fascinating for me to study. It took me from Amerindian spirituality to African and Indian and Asian traditions.

I mention in my Acknowledgements in The Trilogy that I don’t purport to be an authority on indigenous cultures, and my intention was to honor those traditions, not to sensationalize or exploit them. It is a fantasy world that I created, and I wanted to take a nuanced approach to the werecat/werewolf trope. I thought about werecats being “good” and “bad” guys, and being both at the same time really.

What’s next for you?

I’ve been in a pretty productive phase so I’m happy to say that I have more books coming out in 2016 and beyond. I just signed a contract with Bold Strokes Books to publish the first book in what I’m calling an alternative history series. The book is titled The City of Seven Gods, and it’s an adventure-romance set in a fantasy world that takes a lot of inspiration from Near Eastern civilizations of the ancient world.

Otherwise, I expect to have a follow up to Poseidon and Cleito coming out, and I’ll be working on a contemporary romance, believe it or not.

About the Author:

Andrew J. Peters is the author of the Werecat series and two books for young adults: The Seventh Pleiade and Banished Sons of Poseidon. He grew up in Amherst, New York, studied psychology at Cornell University, and has spent most of his career as an advocate and a social worker for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. A lifelong writer, Andrew has written for The Good Men Project, GayYA, Dear Teen Me, La Bloga and Layers of Thought among other media. He lives in New York City with his husband and their cat Chloë. For more about Andrew, visit: http://andrewjpeterswrites.com or find him on social media.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrewjpeterswrites
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ayjayp
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AndrewJPeters

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Nimrod Journal: Call For #Submissions, April 2016 Edition #LGBTQIA

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

Nimrod International Journal at The University of Tulsa invites you to submit to our 2016 spring issue. Nimrod is the University of Tulsa biannual literary journal, founded in 1956 and dedicated to the discovery of emerging voices in literature.

Title:
Mirrors and Prisms: Writers of Marginalized Orientations and Gender Identities

This year has seen a remarkable shift within the United States in relation to the gay rights movement. Nimrod International Journal has historically celebrated and championed writing by people from marginalized populations, whether those be nation, ethnicity, or age. This year, we’re thrilled to announce an issue devoted to writing from LGBTQIA community.

For our Spring/Summer 2016 issue, Mirrors and Prisms: Writers of Marginalized Orientations and Gender Identities, Nimrod International Journal is seeking poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces from writers who identify along the LGBTQIA spectrum.

What We Are Seeking:

We invite poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces from writers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual, or anywhere under the umbrella term MOGAI (marginalized orientations, gender identities, and intersex). Work may be about any subject and, while we certainly welcome work about sexual identity, coming out, etc., work submitted for the issue is not limited to these subjects.

We hope to receive a large variety of material for this issue, including work from LGBTQIA writers of color, writers of varying socio-economic status, physically different writers, and neuroatyptical writers. Most of all, we hope to be surprised.

What We Are Not Seeking (for this issue):

We are not looking for work by straight allies of the LGBTQIA movement. While allies are a vital part of the movement, in this issue we wish to focus exclusively on writing by persons of marginalized orientations and gender identities. If you are a straight ally with a piece of work related to the movement or about your own experiences with friends and family, we ask that you send your work as a general submission so that we can consider it for a future issue. In short, while we truly do want to see and consider work by allies and will accept it for future issues, we also want to clarify that this particular issue will focus on writing by LGBTQIA writers.

The Specifics:

  • Stories and creative nonfiction may be up to 7,500 words; poetry may be up to 8 pages.
  • All work must be previously unpublished.
  • Work may be about any subject and, while we certainly welcome work about sexual identity, coming out, etc., work submitted for the issue is not limited to these subjects. We seek to celebrate the writers themselves and their work, rather than to limit submissions to works that specifically address issues of sexual orientation. In other words, send us whatever you like!
  • You may submit poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, but we ask that they be sent as separate submissions.
  • Fiction should be typed, double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides, one side of plain white paper only. Poetry should be typed, one side of plain white paper only.
  • For those submitting by mail: Please mark both your cover letter and the outer envelope with “Spring 2016 Theme.” Send a SASE for response. Postal submissions are free.
  • For those submitting online: You may submit work online at: https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit. A $3 fee is charged for online submissions to cover the administrative costs associated with those submissions.

Manuscripts accepted beginning August 10th, 2015.

Postmark Deadline: December 5th, 2015.

Publication Date: April 2016

Nimrod is published in print by The University of Tulsa, with issues appearing twice a year. All contributors to the magazine receive two copies of the issues in which their works appears.

 

Send postal manuscripts to:

Nimrod Journal

The University of Tulsa

800 S. Tucker Dr.

Tulsa, OK 74104

Submit online at:

https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit

 

Questions?

Email nimrod@utulsa.edu, call (918) 631-3080, or visit us online at http://www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.
We are excited about this issue, so please send your work and/or share this announcement with writing groups and friends. We eagerly anticipate your response.
Nimrod International Journal
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104
(918) 631-3080
http://www.utulsa.edu/nimrod
http://www.facebook.com/nimrodjournal
nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit

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I’ll be at Berlinale 2015: “Kuma Hina: A Place In the Middle”

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Photos were taken by me at the premiere of “Lone Ranger” here in Berlin, 2013. For more information, please read my article at Indian Country Today Media Network.

2015 is the 65th year this film festival will take Germany’s capital city by storm. I’ll be covering the premiere of “Kuma Hina: A Place in the Middle”, the documentary by Emmy award-winning producer/directors Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson at BERLINALE, and interviewing Mr. Wilson during the week of 5-15 February 2015. To read more about the documentary, and the transgender leader, educator and political activist featured please visit http://kumuhina.tumblr.com/.

About the documentary: “IN A WORLD THAT PUNISHES GENDER NONCONFORMITY, IMAGINE A PLACE WHERE A LITTLE BOY CAN GROW UP TO BE THE WOMAN OF HIS DREAMS, AND A YOUNG GIRL CAN RISE TO BECOME A LEADER AMONG MEN. WELCOME TO KUMU HINA’S HAWAI’I, WHERE THERE’S A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE FOR ALL.”

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“Christmas in July” Coming Soon: A Limited Omnibus Edition of Enigma 1&2 by Nephylim

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Exclusively on Smashwords, releasing on July 1st, 2013 and available only for one month, this limited omnibus edition will combine books one and two of the Enigma series: “Enigma” and “Fighting The Man” by Nephylim. Over 650 pages will include original artwork by the author and Maria K. as well as the bonus story, “Silver’s First Christmas.”

Leading up to the release, a number of other authors and blogs will host Nephylim, who will be providing more background about the characters and themes through interviews and excerpts, as well as having contests for giveaways. Promos start June 3rd!

The blog sites:

Cia’s Stories http://ciasstories.blogspot.com/
M.A. Church http://machurch00.blogspot.com/
Andy Gordon http://andrewqgordon.com/category/my-writing/
Talismania http://talismania-brilliantdisguise.blogspot.co.uk/
Chris T. Kat http://t.co/h6Kn4uYhRV

The books:

EnigmaXsmEnigma, Book 1 of Enigma:

“Can love ever be forbidden? Can the strongest of all human emotions be denied because someone tells you it cannot be? When Silver made his decision he very nearly paid with his life. Now River is faced with his choice believing that it is only his career at stake. However, when Silver’s past catches up with him River finds that there is more at stake than he could ever have imagined.”

enigma2MIDFighting the Man, Book 2 of Enigma:

“River had always known that living with a freed slave, even one as sweet as Silver, was never going to be easy. It gets a lot harder when his parents are killed leaving him to care for his young brother. When Social Services get involved he has a choice to make. Unfortunately, he makes the wrong one.”

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About The Author:

 

Born into a poor but loving mining family in the United Kingdom, Nephylim grew up in the beautiful and history rich South Wales Valleys, becoming the first in her family to attend university. As a lawyer practicing Family Law for several years, the profession allowed Nephylim to learn more about human nature at its worst and best moments, and develop empathy and a view of life not limited by social standing or background.

Tapping into the heritage of her people that throughout Earth’s ages welcomed the wandering bard into the hearts of their villages as keepers of lore, Nephylim trained as a Druid and brings the richness of her Celtic past and spiritual training to enrich and elevate her writing. Since a child Nephylim has been fascinated with other worlds, which exist within and alongside her own and has reveled in creating worlds and characters for others to enjoy.

Despite lack of family support, Nephylim continued writing privately and eventually found the Gay Authors website. With the positive response and a warm welcome received, she found the confidence to pursue her passion to a greater degree. Feeling gay fiction was a woefully neglected corner of the market where readers were all too often presented with what amounted to erotica, Nephylim strives to write quality gay fiction where sex and sexuality is not the central premise. Instead, concentration is given to character and narrative development through storytelling that goes beyond the physical.

Nephylim still resides in Wales, UK, and enjoys writing, reading, art, and taking part in medieval reenactments.

Author Links:

http://nephylim-author.blogspot.com/

http://shadowofthefallen.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/Nephylim.author

https://twitter.com/SevenPointStar

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