Call for Submissions
Issue Co-Editors: Melissa Tuckey & Lauren Camp
Assistant Issue Editors: Erica Charis-Molling & Katy Richey
Open for submissions on June 1, 2018
All submissions are due by August 1, 2018
Roots and Resistance
“Who is content on bent knees,
except when praying? I would kneel
to uproot plants
in warm daylight.
But I stand dreaming
about my people’s labored hands.” — Lenard Moore
“Radical simply means ‘grasping things by the root.’” — Angela Davis
“A tree with strong roots laughs at storms” — Malay proverb
As artists and writers, it is our job to pay attention to what is happening in the world. How do we cope with the rise of white supremacy and hatred, increasing gun violence, the likely deportation of Dreamers, wholesale destruction of the environment, and a combative Republican administration? So often it seems like there’s too much. At the same time, the movements for progressive change are growing.
For the next edition of About Place Journal, we’re interested in resistance, in sources of mutual support, strength, and survival. In the forest, underground networks of mycorrhiza form around the rootlets of trees and plants, allowing them to share nutrients and water, and resist common threats. How are you cultivating stronger communities? Are there allies on your path? Are you an ally? How have your roots and connections deepened in this crisis? What do the ancestors inform you about how we arrived at this moment?
Are you a radical? Do you grasp things by the root? What kind of future might we create if we actually got to the root of our current political situation?
Our histories, both personal and collective, are often what keeps us steady when we are pushed to the difficult. Do you rely on nurturing from others, or do you nurture? Are there places you go that help center? What grounds you: music, food, language, ritual, kinship? Are you tethered by ancestral roots? How do you source what you need in these despairing times?
Please submit poems, prose, hybrid forms, artwork, photos and/or multimedia works. We value cultural and stylistic diversity. Poetry submissions are limited to three poems or fewer; prose must be under 4000 words.
Lauren Camp is the author of three books, including One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press), finalist for the Arab American Book Award and winner of the Dorset Prize. Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Boston Review, Love’s Executive Order, Poetry International and elsewhere. A 2018 Visiting Scholar/Poet for the Mayo Clinic (MN) and the recipient of a Black Earth Institute Fellowship, she lives and teaches in New Mexico. www.laurencamp.com
Melissa Tuckey is a poet, educator, and literary activist. She is author of the chapbook Rope as Witness and the full-length collection Tenuous Chapel, which was selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ First Book Award. She’s editor of Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, published by University of Georgia Press, 2018. Her honors include a winter fellowship at Fine Arts Center in Provincetown and a fellowship from Black Earth Institute. Melissa Tuckey lives and writes in Ithaca, New York. www.melissatuckey.net
Assistant Issue Editors
Erica Charis-Molling is a Creative Writing Instructor for Berklee Online and was Eco-Justice Anthology Support Intern for Split This Rock. Her writing has been published in Crab Fat, Broad!, Anchor, Vinyl, Entropy, Mezzo Cammin, and Dark Matter. An alum of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, she is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Antioch University. More of her work, both published and performed, can be found on her blog: lettheceleryrot.wordpress.com
Katy Richey’s work has appeared in Rattle, Cincinnati Review, RHINO, The Offing and other journals. She has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops and The Cave Canem Foundation. She hosts the Sunday Kind of Love reading series open mic at Busboys and Poets in Washington D.C., sponsored by Split This Rock Poetry Festival and is a member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective.