Local Gems Poetry Press, in cooperation with the Long Island LGBTQ community, is now taking submissions for its new anthology, Allyance. The mission statement is as follows: "It is the goal of Allyance, through the art of poetry to be an exchange of experiences, in the form of a collaboration among the Long Island LGBTQ community and its allies far and wide. It is an artifact of LGBTQ existence, a testament to both its struggles and its joys. Allyance hopes to bring these voices to both the Long Island mainstream and the world at large, and to encourage communication about the feelings and experiences of the Long Island LGBTQ community and those who support them."
The anthology is looking for poetry and (limited) essay submissions concerning poetic testaments and experiences. Submissions should relate to LGBTQ issues, although submissions are open to anyone from Long Island. Send up to 5 poems (or 1 essay) to Allyancesubmissions@gmail.com
Please include name and age if under 18. If over 18, include name and age bracket, (18-24, or over 24) with the submissions. Additional comments concerning submissions are welcome.
You do not need to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, etc, to contribute. We have already received contributions from many straight allies, and this entire project was started by a straight man who refused to let the idea go no matter how much his gay friends (including this blogger) got tired of hearing about it.
Editorial staff for the project is as follows:
Coeditor: Marc Rosen
Editor-in-Chief/Owner of Local Gems: "Ishwa" James P. Wagner
Coeditor: Melissa Theodorakatos