Limp Wrist is a newly resurrected bi-annual ezine “with queer sensibility promoting LGBTQ poets, non-binary poets, and their allies by publishing their poems, interviews with them, and reviews of their books.” Their second issue upon returning from a long hiatus is a tribute to Dolly Parton. Poets from Limp Wrist’s Dolly tribute issue will participate in a reading in the Wild & Precious Life Series on Dolly’s 75th birthday, 1/19/21. Limp Wrist editor Dustin Brookshire will co-edit this special issue with poet Julie E. Bloemeke.
They are currently seeking poems that are dedicated to Dolly or inspired by Dolly, whether it be her music, movies, or philanthropic endeavors. They include a list of several links with information about Dolly on their site. For more information, see my interview with editor Brookshire and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Limp Wrist originally started?
BROOKSHIRE: Limp Wrist initially launched the summer of 2008 and ran for two issues publishing poetry, short stories, and interviews. The initial run included work by Denise Duhamel, Brent Goodman, Paul Lisicky, David Trinidad, Dara Wier, Cecilia Woloch and others. In its short time, Limp Wrist partnered with Factory Hollow Press to establish the Limp Wrist Scholarship that was awarded to a high school senior who identified as part of the LGBTQ community. The scholarship enabled the recipient to attend, at no cost, the 2009 Juniper Institute for Young Writers.
Limp Wrist relaunched in October 2020. Limp Wrist is back as a biannual online poetry magazine. It’s an e-zine with queer sensibility promoting LGBTQ poets, non-binary poets, and their allies by publishing their poems, interviews with them, and reviews of their books.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
BROOKSHIRE: Poetry lovers! I also hope people who don’t label themselves poetry lovers discover the poets in Limp Wrist and enjoy their work.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
BROOKSHIRE: Limp Wrist is a home for poetry that can be described as bold, fierce, funny, somber, reflective, sassy, political, sex positive, experimental, thought provoking, sensual, sexy, adventurous, and the list could go on.
Limp Wrist does not have space for work perpetuating rape culture, violence, racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, sexism, xenophobia. To be clear: if you write poetry that glorifies or praises rape culture, violence, racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, sexism, xenophobia then you’re a garbage person. (I said what I said!) If you write poems that shine a light of truth on them or challenge, or rebuke them, please submit.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
BROOKSHIRE: There are too many to list! The West Review and Mollyhouse launched in 2020, so check them out! This isn’t an all-inclusive list, but I also enjoy Waxwing, 32 Poems, Court Green, SWWIM, Adroit Journal, Gulf Coast, and Beloit Poetry Journal. I can’t wait to read the first issue of Honey Literary.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Limp Wrist?
BROOKSHIRE: Limp Wrist creates a space to promote poets and their work, and it brings me a lot of joy to promote poets and their work.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
BROOKSHIRE: Submissions are accepted via email at email@example.com.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
- Dolly tribute issue: 12/15/20. Details here: https://www.limpwristmagazine.com/dollytribute.
- Submission periods for Limp Wrist are:
- November 1 to January 31 – Spring Issue
- June 1 to August 15 – Fall Issue
- Always open for book review queries.
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS/GENRES: poems, interviews, book reviews
THEME: Dolly Parton tribute issue
ISSUE FREQUENCY: Bi-annually
SUBMISSION METHOD: Email
SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: Yes
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