22 March 2011

Call for Submissions: Faggot Dinosaur

Post date: 22 March 2011
Deadline: 15 April 2011

Fellow writers & visual artists (or both!) I’m writing to you because I’m compiling the first in what I hope is a series of chapbooks/zines I’m calling ARTISTS AMONG ARTISTS. ISSUE 1 is entitled Faggot Dinosaur. Basically, I wrote a poem called Faggot Dinosaur and sent it to a poet friend to read and he wrote me back an email and to my surprise he said, “I wrote a faggot dinosaur poem inspired by your faggot dinosaur poem.” My impetus for this zine/series is to have writers communing together in an instantaneous non-hierarchical creative way without worry about publishing industry stuff, etc. That is why the deadline submission is such a quick turnaround time.

I would also like submissions from visual artists. Please submit a jpeg of a drawing you’ve done inspired by the title Faggot Dinosaur. Color artwork is fine. Make sure jpegs are at least 300 dpi. The only stipulation for these submissions are that all poems and artwork are entitled Faggot Dinosaur, & of course, that you’re not a crazy homophobic person taking the name faggot in vain. I’ve attached my own poem below so you can have an example.

Faggot Dinosaur—Ali Liebegott

It’s hard to believe there’s anything left to find
on this karate-chopped, wrung-out planet
and just as I say this, beachcombing lovers
pick up shards of china from a sunken ship
and a father lays down his metal detector
on the 50 yard line of a high school football field,
to dig up a nickel so old it’s now worth a dime.

In a dinosaur park in Maryland, after only five minutes
a seven year old discovers the humble jawbone
of the sweetest, dinosaur that ever lived.

The dinosaur was a meat-eating juvenile
but I pretend he was a cardigan-wearing painter—
the effeminate friend I never found in my own youth—
and that I lived with him in a time where dinosaurs could be faggots
and faggots, missing links
in a warmer era when people weren’t assholes
because there weren’t any people.

Email all submissions to Ali Liebegott at friendofducks (at) hotmail (dot) com and please put FAGGOT DINOSAUR SUBMISSION IN THE SUBJECT LINE.
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