The Shade Journal is a new online poetry journal recently founded by Editor-In-Chief, Luther Hughes. It is “focused on the empowerment of queer people of color (QPOC); publishing poems that inspires, devastates, and howls—work that challenges forms and upsets the canon, but understands its rigorous and traditional roots.”
I wondered how and why this journal came to be, so I asked him a few questions to find out. See my interview with Hughes and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about the Shade Journal.
HUGHES: the Shade Journal is the baby I always wanted to share the world but didn’t have the tools, skills, or courage to do so. It’s one of few poetry centered journals for queer people of color. And if it wasn’t for Nepantla, I don’t know if I would ever have the strength to create it. It’s a breath. It’s home.
HOPKINSON: How/why was the Shade Journal originally started?
HUGHES: Shade started off as a blog I created in 2014. It was created because I had started reading a lot of works queer poets of color like Saeed Jones, Jericho Brown, Carl Phillips, and Phillip B. Williams–I was beginning to understand the importance of our community. I was upset that we didn’t study queer poets of color in high school and if we did it was Langston Hughes. And even then, his queerness wasn’t discussed at any point. So, I felt like it wasn’t fair for me to keep this to myself and I wanted to share and educate and inspire others about these amazing poets.
So, Shade was born. On the blog, I did poems of the week, interviews, book reviews, projects–all of which were exclusively by queer poets of color.
After two years, I felt our community needed more and I knew it was time for Shade to blossom into the Shade Journal.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
HUGHES: I want poems that I can’t stop thinking about. I want poems that break my bones and mends them on the next read. I want poems that scratch at my skin. I want poems that make love to me.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
HUGHES: Vinyl, The Adroit Journal, Tinderbox, Nepantla, Guernica, Horsethief, Blackbird, Muzzle, Callaloo, The Offing, Narrative, and honestly so many more.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
DEADLINE: February 1, 2017
NOTES: Poets and writers submitting should identify as queer people of color (QPOC)
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, reviews
Categories: Call for Submissions