CALL FOR POEMS
21st Century Howlers: A New Generation Jazz and Blues Anthology
In the past ten to twenty years, a new generation of poets has emerged
that seeks to expand and deepen the call-and-response tradition of Jazz
and Blues music into the 21st century. Many of these poets may have not
experienced a time when Blues or Jazz were the country’s common vernacular
or were played with any heavy rotation on their local radio stations.
As we quickly approach the centennial of Jazz and Blues, this anthology
seeks to gather the voices of a new generation of Howlers: those poets
whose work embodies or addresses the musical traditions of Jazz and Blues,
and who began actively publishing no earlier than 1995. Editors are
particularly interested in innovative approaches, reinterpretations, and
engagements with the contemporary socio-historical moment and/or Jazz and
Blues scene. Each poet featured in the anthology will provide a short
commentary or anecdote on the ways Blues and/or Jazz have affected their
E-mails should contain a cover letter and submission as one attachment in
Microsoft Word. Previously published work must be acknowledged in the
cover letter. Submissions will be taken on an ongoing basis until March
15, 2010, e-mail <21stHowlers(at)gmail.com> (replace (at) with @).
Co-editors of this anthology are
Tyehimba Jess, Duriel E. Harris, and Patricia Smith.
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