Orcas Island Lit Fest

I’m so grateful for the time I spent at OILF this month. I read poetry on my birthday and participated on this incredible panel: My Body, My Voice with Keetje Kuipers, Anna Quinn, Natalie Singer, and Ayn Carrillo-Gailey.

MY BODY, MY VOICE

A provocative and intimate conversation between authors who reckon with their bodies and their voices on the page. This timely topic with social, political, and emotional resonance will highlight embodied writing that defies genre and comes from a place of vulnerability and power.

https://oilf.org/panel-descriptions-2019

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FIN ZINE 4.1 Call For Submissions

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FIN Zine is having its THIRD call for submissions. The reading period for FIN Zine 4.1 will be open from

Jan1st- February15th

The theme for this issue is: TRANS JOY

About the Theme:

How can we live our trans lives in a world full of violence without turning that violence on ourselves? One answer is the radical embracing of joy–Thomas Page McBee 

We still have to take the time to appreciate the smell of a beautiful rose, to be somewhere where the smell of fresh grass tingles your nostrils and makes you dream, relax, chill. If we become so cold and brutal and harmful and fearful of that next moment, that next day, what’s turning that next corner, it gets to a point of, Well, what's it all for? Why go to the next corner? Why get up, why go outside? Well, because different things can happen when you do, and the world is a wonderful place. And yeah, it's fucking hard. But, damn it, every now and then, something comes along that just tingles you to your toes, you know? It can be any number of things. The hand of a friend on your shoulder when you’re not feeling good. A smile from a total stranger that is warm and genuine and open, and that caresses your heart from whatever distance they are from you. Those make it worth getting up. Those make it worth fighting for who we are and believing in ourselves.”—Miss Major Griffin-Gracy

“And what I started to realize is that the delight I experience when I look at myself and who I am femmifesting is unparalleled, ancestral, soul-affirming. The joy of not having to define and live my life by imposed standards and borders. The joy of being able to constantly change, adapt, re-invent, shift, transform. 

And that got me thinking: Could it be that the reason we experience so much oppression is because of their repression? Could it be that the reason we are harassed is because others too recognize our joy? Could it be that they cannot take us because they have become accustomed to their own misery?

I want so badly for the world to feel entitled to its joy, to its pleasure, to its delight. I want so badly for people to give themselves permission to try, transgress, transcend. I want so badly to be able to walk down the street without having the joy punished out of me. I want so badly to share this with you. This (un)becoming. This invitation. This joy.” —Alok Vaid-Menon

Leave expectation to the wolves and dream without restraint.

Encouraged images:

Archetypes

Astrology

Tarot

Mysticism

Occult

Ritual

Dreams

Prayer and Meditation

Flowers

Bodies

Soil

 

About FZ:

FIN zine is an annual black and white zine about 20 pages long that I Xerox at my local copy & print shop and staple myself. Previous issues showed only my writing and drawings about my growing gender identity and the journey of 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, but as my PHYSICAL gender transition (I will always be in transition) begins to plateau, I want to make sure that all readers and contributors are given the opportunity to visualize how gender intersects with everything in our daily lives.

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)

 

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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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