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NEW! The Poetry & Piano Project: “Conejitos Amarillos”

NEW! From Flying With Red Haircrow Productions:

Poetry can be many things & come in many forms: just like jazz! “Conejitos Amarillos” is a short energetic piece composed and performed by client and friend, the German jazz pianist Uli Lenz, combined with a poem by Red Haircrow.

Inspired by Lenz’s thoughts on the song’s creation and the combination of jazz and animation in the iconic Tom & Jerry cartoons, Red Haircrow created a simple but fast moving musical story of comedic gravity about the idiosyncracies of rabbits.

“Poetry & Piano” is an on-going collaboration and project.

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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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Coming March 17th: “CORE”, Selected Poems by Red Haircrow

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Poetry » American poetry » Native American

Published by Flying With Red Haircrow

Published: Available March 17, 2014

Words: 5,340

Language: American English

ISBN: 9781311903570

Price: $4.99

“CORE is a poetry collection with themes of suicide, loss and grief, but also of courage, joy and deeply passionate love. It is a journey of healing and survival that has taken the author around the world and through his own heart and spirit. It is the revealing of darkness and light, of beauty and hideousness, and a reliance on the strength of one’s ancestors and their beliefs to inspire hope and perseverance.”

Readers appreciative of contemporary poetry written by a Native American poet who has traveled the world and the broad spectrum of life may be interested in the forty plus poems written in a variety of styles and meters. Delivered from a unique perspective, sometimes dark and powerful, and at others whimsically gentle, work by Red Haircrow has often been described as “unforgettable and haunting.”

Core will be available at Smashwords & its distributors, and other online sources.

Editorial Reviews:

“There is no doubt Red Haircrow has a gift for descriptive prose; the vivid imagery the author presents through the selection of language sketches a picture for the reader that is rich in feeling and atmosphere.”Top2Bottom Reviews

“Inspirational, often poignant, occasionally brutal…”— Bob Cherny, The LL Book Reviews

“I read this collection with a sense of wonder, humility and inspiration and the writing deeply touched me on a multitude of levels.”Indie Reviews

“To make something so beautiful out of pain and struggle is the highest meaning of what I believe art is: transforming hurt and becoming healers.”Ana Christina Caelen, Sound therapist, Musician and Composer

“It makes me think, makes me feel, enables me to travel to different places without leaving the comfort of my easy chair.”– Nancy Ferrer, Outlaw Reviews

Author Profile:

Red Haircrow is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction, poet, private chef and former law enforcement officer of Chiricahua Apache/Cherokee descent who lives in Berlin, Germany. Red is also a psychological counselor, publicist and owner of the multi-media entity Flying With Red Haircrow.

Red Haircrow has various poems, shorter works and articles published in magazines like Sword & Saga Press’ American Athenaeum, Sibling Rivalry Press’ Assaracus, Danse Macabre, and Indian Country Today Media Network.

Awards include: Rainbow Award 2012 Best LGBT Biography/Memoir for “Silence Is Multi-Colored In My World”. Winner Global Ebook 2013 Awards Best LGBT Fiction for “The Agony of Joy”, Finalist Rainbow Awards 2013 Best LBT Fiction, “The Agony of Joy.”

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My Poetry in Assaracus Magazine, Issue 9 from Sibling Rivalry Press Coming Jan 10th, 2013

Publishing on January 10th 2013, a few days after I turn 41, my poetry will appear starting on page 41 of Assaracus Magazine, Issue 9. I consider that a good sign for the coming year.

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“BEST NEW MAGAZINE” – LIBRARY JOURNAL (May 2012):

“…Sibling Rivalry Press is publishing well-wrought, challenging literature that provides deep insight into the broad range of emotional experiences of being gay…”

Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry
ISSN: 2159-0478
Bryan Borland, Publisher/Editor
Seth Pennington, Associate Editor
Published in January, April, July, October
http://siblingrivalrypress.com/assaracus/

Assaracus is the only print journal in the world dedicated to poetry of gay men. Each issue of Assaracus features a substantial portfolio of work by ten-to-twelve emerging or established gay poets.

SUBSCRIBE TO ASSARACUS OR PURCHASE ISSUES (PRE-ORDER OPTION STARTS November 26)

SUBSCRIBE TO ASSARACUS: Readers worldwide can subscribe to receive a year of Assaracus. Unless you specify otherwise, your subscription begins with our current issue. Subscription price is $50.00 for US readers and $80.00 for international readers (including shipping), which buys you four book-length (120+ pages), perfect-bound issues of our grand stage for gay contemporary poetry. To subscribe to Assaracus, click HERE.

Purchase Individual or Back Issues: Assaracus is available from our online store, online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and several independent bookstores (like Giovanni’s Room in Philadelphia and Proud in Rehoboth Beach).

Libraries: Subscribe to Assaracus through our online store or your preferred subscription service (EBSCO, etc.). Purchase individual issues or back issues through our online store or Ingram’s wholesale channels.

Bookstores: Email us at info@siblingrivalrypress.com for wholesale rates or standing orders. All titles are returnable.

ISSUE 09 (January 2013 – COMING SOON)
Jeremy Brunger, Timothy Connor Dailey, Aaron DeLee, Red Haircrow, Andrew Ketcham, Thomas March, Rajiv Mohabir, Seth Pennington, Douglas Ray, Jason Roush, James J. Siegel.

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“To Die” A Poem by Hannah Senesh With Commentary & Memories

People ask me why, as a Native American, I have such an interest in Germany. They ask me, some after they’ve made a derogatory comment about the country, on why I choose to live here. And my reasons would probably be questioned and condemned by yet more others when I reference an occurence during WW2, an execution no less, as to why I always felt a connection. This extended to connected to those suffering the aftereffects, whatever nationality or race they are.

In my area where I grew up in the US after returning there from Germany, it was near a large military base which wasn’t as generally frequented by troops as it was more a specialist area, yet there were many wives and children who were attached to military men. There was one woman I knew, when I was about nine years old, who had married an American soldier shortly following the Allied takeover ofNazi Germany and its annexed territories. Though some think of Army (or other military wives as being so fortunate as liberated by Americans) she was a German who was Jewish who survived the war, but like many still today, people were ignorant and couldn’t differentiate between certain things: Nazi or German, or Jewish yet still German.

She married an American as a very young girl who’d lost all her family and moved to the US, yet her husband, whenever he was in his cups, which was frequent, chose to abuse her for her countrymen and their list of sins. Countrymen and women who had rejected her as being German based on a new regime’s declaration, along with the many Germans who were Jewish and had lived, worked and battled for Germany for hundreds of years.  The same ones who agree to have their own ethnically linked people who were declared unworthy, to then be destroyed.

When my Korean amah, who was herself an Army wife, used to visit this woman, they would talk. I remember the German Jewish woman with her heavily grey streaked brown hair and large brown eyes as she would try not to cry at first…but tears would soon stream down her face. I wasn’t supposed to move from my place or speak to interfere in adult conversation, but it hurt me so much because I wished to comfort her.  I wanted to understand more than I did, and this prompted me to begin my studies in 19th and 20th century Europe, especially Germany, and inevitably, it morphed into the Nazi states.

So, I live in Germany now, and though some people question how relevant the events of 70 years ago are still today? That is a question which is pertinent but obviously from someone who does not live in Germany. And even if they did, they might not fully understand any answers, unless they spoke German and had been trusted to listen to personal memories in a certain way. Or most especially even if they came into any sessions of any kind with preconceived ideas of guilt, even to descendants, without being willing to listen.

The film, “Hannah’s War” was released in 1988, the story of a Hungarian Jewess who lived through the rising horror, joined the resistance, yet eventually died from a firing squad after being captured as a paratrooper and valiantly refusing to give up pertinent information under extreme torture. We have films like Schindler’s List, Sophie’s War, and Life is Beautiful, all telling important, horrifically important stories, but don’t forget those like this young woman, or to read the journals and stories of those whose words survived, because for me…it is so…I can barely take a breath to consider it: there were millions upon millions of brillant, wonderful people who were murdered. One such as Hannah Senesh, also written Hannah Szenes and others depending on language.The world cannot reverse in time, but just consider that of those millions of millions in the Holocaust and wars of the 20th century, of those minds and people who might have studied and lived and produced cures for this or that disease; who might have brought a new age of Renaissance to mankind, but generations were wiped out!

Please visit the site Hannah Senesh for more poetry and do not think of such things as “past”, for  just like the Holocaust, the American Indian genocide is never past. With my own peoples and their cultures, not only in a way to see a people as inferior but also to steal the land they inhabited, as Ray Cook said in his article on ICTMN, the U.S. goverment “has refused to find a place in its history to accommodate the ones who gave the most to America’s existence, either by friendship or by force” finding themselves to be “selfish in its hunger, unreliable in keeping its agreements and disrespectful to those they don’t understand.”

Certainly I do not represent or support anyone, however connected to the events, to always seek some kind of compensation, especially monetary, but the fact is, especially in the case of the U.S. government they don’t acknowledge what they did and the damage it did and continues to do. This backs self-serving groups, especially hate or separatist groups or evolutionists who believe they are right in what they claim or try to enact.

Please read Hannah’s other poetry and the stories of others, of all races, all countries, both old and new and let it help you be a better person and human who cares to help others instead of just dismissing anyone or any group that doesn’t just believe and look like you do for whatever reason, even if you disagree with them for some reason. That’s what gotten our world into the state it is in.

To Die

To die… so young to die… no, no, not I.
I love the warm sunny skies,
Light, songs, shining eyes,
I want no war, no battle cry –
No, no…not I.
But if it must be that I live today
With blood and death on every hand,
Praised be He for the grace, I’ll say
To live, if I should die this day…
Upon your soil, my home, my land.

–Hannah Senesh

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