Hematopoiesis Press is an new online literary magazine currently accepting submissions for their third issue, with the theme Scarification: “We are not asking for a universal story of scarification. Rather overlap, overlap, lineage, nonlinear, lines, lines, lines, on the body, or often not on the body, where are the scars that we can feel but can’t see? What is the evidence? Why do we need it? What are the spaces in between?”
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked their staff and they kindly replied. See my interview and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Hematopoiesis Press.
HP STAFF: Hematopoiesis is the body’s method of creating new blood cells. As a digital publication, our intention is to offer refuge to this process while disrupting dominant conversations on (dis)embodiment.
We come to you with questions: What is written, and being written, in the body and how do we express our physiology? How do we claim bodies through language, in a world that diminishes and erases so many bodies? How, like the continuous process of making new blood, do we create meaning in a world of loss & violence? What exists in the borderlands of body?
Our publication operates by consensus as much as possible, and similarly we would like for this publication to hold space for dialogue. We invite first-time writers & artists, published writers & artists, everyone in between, and anyone who resists categorical definition.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Hematopoiesis Press originally started?
HP STAFF: The press grew out of the vision and work of the editors in connection with the Embodiment Studies and Transformative Language Arts programs at the Goddard College Graduate Institute (GGI). Hema was started with the aim of holding a place open for multiple narratives and experiences of embodiment to be shared through written, visual, and hybrid art, with a particular focus on uplifting voices and experiences historically under- and mis-represented in publishing.
In the letter from the editors in our first issue, we ask some questions, I think the desire, in collaboration with our contributors, to explore and excavate within these questions (though not necessarily answer them outright) gets at the heart of the “why” of Hematopoiesis Press. Some of those questions are, “What is written, and being written, in the body? How do we claim bodies through language, in a world that diminishes and erases so many bodies? How can we resist and dismantle dominant narratives of embodiment? How, like the continuous process of making new blood, do we create meaning in a world of violence? What exists in the borderlands of body?”
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
HP STAFF: Each of our issues is themed, and we are looking for work that converses with the theme and the submissions call for that issue. This third issues for which we are now accepting submissions, is themed “Scarification.” We are looking for pieces that contend with all different experiences of marks, scars, and their voices and stories, whether on bodies, seeds, lands, communities, psyche. We enjoy work that breaks or re-imagines boundaries of genre, format, and language, in ways that feel intrinsic to the flow of the piece. We want work where people speak for and from themselves, work that focuses on experiences of [dis/] embodiment, work that reimagines both and beyond “wounding” and “healing.”
While we welcome work about all experiences, we are not looking for extreme gore or violence in fiction that does not clearly serve/appear necessary to the narrative of the piece, nor are we interested in appropriation of voice/perspective in fiction that does further violence to the very voices and bodies we seek to hold refuge for.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
HP STAFF: We would love to see more flash and micro-fiction, as well as speculative, hybrid, and non-traditional fiction forms submitted! We also incorporate hybrid work that sometimes includes video or images of performance in our publication, and would be excited to see aerial arts and other performance forms emerge in this realm.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
HP STAFF: Nat. Brut, Apogee Journal, Anomaly (FKA Drunken Boat), The Offing, Blueshift Journal, Dark Mountain, Animal, Ecotone, Watershed Journal, Vetch, Hold, Room
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
HP STAFF: People can send in their submissions as .docx attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Guidelines for visual formats and more details on submissions are up on the website at http://hematopoiesispress.com/!
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
HP STAFF: You can reach our editors at email@example.com.
DEADLINE: December 15, 2017
FORMAT: digitally online
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: We charge no reading fee for submissions, but unfortunately cannot pay contributors at this time.
FORMS: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art