Explicit Literary Journal is a new online literary journal “dedicated to showcasing the visual art and writing of non speaking and semi speaking disabled writers and artists.” They are currently open for submissions for their COVID 19 feature series to give voice to the non and semi speaking artists that are affected by the outbreak.
I wanted to know more about this new journal, so I asked founder Jasper Rubin Hardin some questions to find out. See my interview with Hardin and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Explicit Literary Journal.
HARDIN: Explicit Literary Journal is by and for non speaking and semi speaking disabled writers and visual artists. The goal is to amplify the voices of a community that often go ignored. For our new COVID 19 daily artist features, we will be featuring a non or semi speaking artist of any medium on our website and Instagram every day.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Explicit Literary Journal originally started?
HARDIN: Explicit was started after I noticed that there was a gap in the platforms given to those of us in the literary community that do not communicate through speech. Or those of us that become nonverbal in loud environments such as poetry slams. I wanted to create a project and community that dismantled this issue as well as make a place for non speaking and semi speaking art to be shared without judgement and shame.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
HARDIN: Anyone who feels like they need to read this kind of work. Whether its people within the community who are looking for representation or non disabled people who want to support disabled artists.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
HARDIN: Raw, honest work. Work that tells stories that aren’t told other wise. Work that explores new universes. Work that the creator needed to put on the page. Work can be but is not limited to one piece of visual art, one piece of writing, one art specific video under 5 minutes, one song, one dance performance.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you'd see submitted, but rarely comes in?
HARDIN: I’d love to see comic strips. As well as short fantasy stories and music reviews.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
HARDIN: I adore Fairy Tale Review, Half Mystic, Crab Fat, Barking Sycamores, Winter Tangerine, Deaf Poets Society, Voice Mail Poems and the archived journal Black Napkin Press.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Explicit Literary Journal?
HARDIN: Running my own journal has been such an illuminating experience. I’ve learned so much as both a leader and artist.
HOPKINSON: Where can artists send submissions?
HARDIN: If you are a non or semi speaking artist that wants to be featured, you can send one piece of work along with a bio, a photo and your artist page, with the subject title COVID Feature Request to email@example.com.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
HARDIN: I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTES: Limited demographic: contributors must be non speaking or semi speaking.
FORMAT: online web site/Instagram
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: None “We are unable to offer payment for your submissions at this time. We also do not charge a submission fee. Because of this we are currently applying to grants, and are open to donations.”
FORMS: one piece of visual art, one piece of writing, one art specific video under 5 minutes, one song, one dance performance
SUBMISSION METHOD: Email