I am seeking poems written by self-identified lesbians+queer women for my thesis illustration project: OPENHEARTED.
I am including 50 NEW WORKS from lesbian poets. It will be organized into three parts: childhood, adolescence, and adulthood + beyond. The book will be roughly 80-100 full-color pages, softcover, presented as an artist's prototype in December of 2019 as my senior thesis project for my BFA. After this, I will begin the self-publishing process and get this book baby out into the world.
WHAT IS THE PROJECT?:
The 50 poems will be used as a way to create a broader narrative about exploring the many experiences of being a sapphic person. It is aimed to present a diverse range of experiences all dealing with concepts of growth and understanding oneself. My personal reason for initiating this art book collab is to do right by my younger self who desperately needed lesbian representation but never found something in media that I could relate to (The L Word wasn't exactly the most relatable for a 10-year-old closeted lesbian....). My art and your poetry is going to be what fills that void for someone else.
The book’s images will be my own interpretations of each poet’s work with additional historical or cultural context when applicable. Finding concepts I relate to in the poems and showing that connection through my art is my fuel for ensuring each piece feels honest. When finished, the book will be a collection of richly emotional and vibrant illustrations of lesbian life.
HOW IT WORKS:
- Submit a .jpg, .pdf or .doc of your poem (please format as you wish it would be displayed in the book: for reference, each page will be 8”x10”) to firstname.lastname@example.org from May 1st through 31st.
- Additionally, if there's any context you'd like me to know please send me a sentence or two about yourself (such as your history, gender identity, race, or background info that is relevant to the poem). I will keep this in mind when sketching the layouts - this helps make the book more diverse and inclusive!!! ***
- I will send out emails the last week of May when I choose the poems, along with a usage contract: basically, I can't use poems that you have published somewhere else, and I will pay a stipend of $50 per author which I will source from a crowdfunding campaign I initiate in early 2020.
- ***I especially encourage submissions from people of color, trans women, nonbinary and genderqueer people, neurodivergent people, and people of all body types in order to reflect the diversity seen in the lesbian community and bring visibility to underrepresented voices. This is an opportunity for us to collaborate and share what you wish others could see about your experience. I am committed to making this book as intersectional and respectful as I can. Your voices are so, so important right now.
As I am a soon-to-be college grad creating this 100+ page book by myself, I cannot offer payment up front like most open calls. However, I want to ensure that all contributors receive payment for their works. I will get the resources to fund the author stipends through Kickstarter, Gumroad purchases, or (maybe) having it picked up by a publisher!!! I would never use your writing in ways that are not agreed upon in the usage contract and respect your work.
I also will use a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest.
The initial artistic creation phase of this project will end in December of 2019, and after which point I will begin to promote the project and get it funded! I’d be honored if you would like to go on this journey with me and help publish this art book. I really do want to see this succeed and benefit both poet and artist.
This will hopefully be a wild ride and I can't wait to start this process with you!