call for submissions: About Place
- About Place, a quarterly online journal, seeks submissions for two upcoming issues:
Wall Street: Deadline (extended) Dec. 1: On and about Wall Street, skyscrapers were built to mirror the wealth that supports themgold, black and green-tinted glass over steel conjures metals, oil and cash. They reshape the horizon, allowing those within to admire their wealth reflected back to them in an artificial sky of seemingly unlimited acquisition.
But within lower Manhattan lie interstices between capital and the civil. In one such littoral zone of "public/private" place, Occupy Wall Street protesters made "Zuccotti Park" as well known as "Wall Street" across the world. And poets were a large part of the occupation, with human mic poetry readings each week and the ongoing, ever expanding Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology. In positive shadow, their words echoed off surrounding steel and glass, opening the area to questioning and dissent.
This issue of About Place seeks submissions that look, poetically, at the complications of Wall Street as a physical and spiritual place: natural, artificial, heavy, compromised, evil, utopian, hopeful, ancient, contemporary, historical, imperialist, gated, broken, public.
Editor: Black Earth Fellow Marcella Durand is the author of Traffic & Weather(Futurepoem, 2008), which was written during a residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at 120 Broadway, where she was able to observe Zuccotti Park being built from her window.
Trees: Deadline Feb 1
Seeking poems, essays, short plays, and stories on the subject of trees: big trees, old trees, special trees, young trees, individual trees and trees in forests, roots, leaves and branches of trees, lives and deaths of trees, fruit trees, nut trees, shade trees, palm trees, pine trees, all trees .
Editor: Annie Finch's books of poetry include Eve, Calendars, Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams, and Spells: New and Selected Poems, forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press. She has also produced a dozen books of poetics and many music, art, theater, and opera collaborations. She is a Senior Fellow of the Black Earth Institute and directs the Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing at the University of Southern Maine.
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