Chapbook with Big Lucks Books in 2019

Excitement is not the word for it. Glory gets closer, but this feeling has more humiliation inside of it. Maybe the word really is Hallelujah.

For the last two years or so, I've been working on a collection of poems where I try to name my own  masculinity by collaging my memories of the men in my family and my own experience. It's a chapbook of melancholy prayers and odes. These poems are coming out with Big Lucks Books next year. My name will be on a list with other Big Lucks authors like Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and Natalie Eilbert. I am sunk to the bottom with joy.

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Spring 2018

Two events coming up here and I am so honored and delighted to participate in them

 

1. THIS MONDAY EVENING (2.19.2018) I am reading with friends in my favorite city to read, Boise Idaho

 

THE DEETS

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2. I still cannot believe that Gillian Conoley asked me to be a part of the Sonoma Writers' Festival

If you're in the Bay Area during the weekend of April 13-14 and want to see the most earnest panelist of your life, you should stop by. 

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Winter 2018

Happy New Year. I feel hopeful against all odds. I wanted to share with you some updates and future events for this month:

Month of January

I've been excited for months about participating in the Blueshift Journal's SpeakEasy Project with amazing poets like Luther Hughes and torrin a. greathouse.

January 9

I feel honored to read with authors from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press at the Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar in Seattle, Washington.  Here are the details about the event.

January 18

Reading at Margin Shift in Seattle, WA with  Jourdan Keith, Jean Day, Justine Chan. I can't wait for this one.

January 15-April 15

FIN Zine is open for submissions!

FIN Zine is having its SECOND call for submissions. Reading period for FIN zine 3.1 is from Jan 15th- April 15th

 

The theme for this issue is: Imagination as Healing

 

About the Theme:

One of my favorite books of poetry last year was Danez Smith’s Dont Call Us Dead. The book faces AIDS, racism, violence, desire, and trauma. It faces these things without an ounce of shame, with a fervor to reincarnate, to heal the dead. I found myself realizing that the imagery was relieving pains in my body and mind (and not metaphorically). Reading this book got me thinking about the ways in which I have equated imagination with denial instead of as skill of visionaries.

 

If we don’t imagine another end for Earth we will continue suffering. Even if hope has left us, we can still write another present/ ending, and in the process of writing we can find room for coping.

 

Leave expectation to the wolves and dream without restraint.

 

Myths

Archetypes

Tarot

Mysticism

Occult

Ritual

Dream Journals

Ram Dass

Prayer and Meditation

 

are encouraged.

 

 

 

About FZ:

FIN zine is a biannual black and white zine about 20 pages long that I Xerox at my local copy & print shop and staple myself. Previous issues were of my writing and drawings about my growing gender identity as I become a man through hormone replacement therapy. The zine needs more voices. I am realizing more and more how my gender is both marrow deep and communal.

 

The zine will always be about transition, even as my gender transition begins to plateau, I want to make sure that all readers are given the opportunity to visualize how gender intersects with everything in our daily lives. Often my transition from female to male has been like any other transition one goes through-- so with this idea in mind the content is not bound to narratives about going through physical transitions to change one's gender presentation. It's about change and about what carry along through change and what we lose. Please feel free to interpret the theme as it resonates with you. You do not have to identify as trans to submit to this zine, but you do have to dealing with how gender & change effect you and those around you. If you do not feel comfortable with cis-inclusion in a zine dedicated to themes about gender, please don’t submit.

 

The physical zine is created with my own hands and money. I don't pay writers, because this is a free zine and there is no income. Writers will be compensated with a copy of the zine.

 

Submission guidelines:

Send in one of the followings categories to menzies.finn@gmail.com 

-2 short poems with the titles in all caps and your name underneath (doc/doc.x)

-1 short prose piece 200-700 words with the title in all caps and your name underneath (doc/doc.x)

-1 piece of artwork (jpeg or PDF) (the zine is 4 by 5.5)

** Transgender folks, GNC folks, gender queer folks, gender fluid folks, non-binary, POC, NON-POETS, NON-ARTISTS are encouraged to submit!**

 

 

 

 

 

LISTEN TO THE POETRY PHARMACY

I had the pleasure of talking with Steve Wasserman about the poet, Max Ritvo, on Steve's podcast, The Poetry Pharmacy. The conversation was only about an hour, but afterwards I felt like I went on a week long meditation retreat. I love this podcast because it has no pretense, except that poetry can be medicine. On this podcast, poetry actually feels like good, and specific tonics because it is being recited aloud, and then talked about in gentle, intentional dialogues. Insightful and spontaneous conversations on language, identity, and lyric emerge here. Take a look at the website.

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FIN Zine 2.2 coming soon...

FIN Zine 2.2 is finally coming along. It's my first time using inDesign for the zine, and it's my first time opening the zine to submissions. The writers in this issue are all my friends, all my friends who are writing precisely and tenderly about their experiences of gender, their resistance against bigotry, and their triumphs in liberation. 

It should be ready by Fall of this year. If you would like a copy please fill out the contact form under the ABOUT page.