Vol. 18 Call For Papers

“Another term we adopted to describe some of our problems was ‘glitch.’ Literally, a glitch is a spike or change in voltage in an electrical circuit which takes place when the circuit suddenly has a new load put on it. You have probably noticed a dimming of lights in your home when you turn a switch or start the dryer or the television set. Normally, these changes in voltage are protected by fuses. A glitch, however, is such a minute change in voltage that no fuse could protect against it.” – John Glenn, from Into Orbit

Glitsh” – Yiddish meaning “a slip,” “slippery place”

“To be at the intersection of female-identifying, queer and Black is to find oneself at an integral apex. Each of these components is a key technology in and of itself. Alone and together, ‘female,’ ‘queer,’ ‘Black’ as a survival strategy demand the creation of their individual machinery, that innovates, builds, resists. With physical movement often restricted, female-identifying people, queer people, Black people invent ways to create space through rupture. Here, in that disruption, with our collective congregation at that trippy and trip-wired crossroad of gender, race, and sexuality, one finds the power of the glitch.” – Legacy Russell, from Glitch Feminism

Gleiten” – German meaning “to glide”

Attention Artists and Writers:

We’re writing to invite you to contribute to the 18th volume of P-QUEUE, which will be released this Summer 2021. 

Our theme we’ve chosen is “Glitch,” inspired from above and elsewhere. Feel free to interpret this theme in any way useful to you. For starters, what is a glitch to you? How does glitching bring us into the present? Can one live within a glitch?

Please send between 5-15 pages of work (you may also include explanatory notes about your process), along with a current bio to pqliteraryjournal@gmail.com by May 1, 2021. We strongly prefer .docx or .pages file formats. We prioritize writers who have yet to submit. If your piece has a strong visual component or if you are concerned with how individual pieces will be formatted, please keep in mind that our journal is printed 5.25 x 7.5–any piece we publish will be formatted to fit within these margins.

Selected past issues are archived online here: https://p-queue.blog/pdf-archive/. You can read a bit about the editorial focus of the journal, and its history of publishing poetry and poetics at https://pqueue.wordpress.com/about/. In the past we have featured artists’ statements, discussions of poetics, and theorizations of the journal’s thematic content alongside poems and more clearly ‘creative’ texts. 

You’d be joining a great list of previous writers, including but not limited to Tyrone Williams, Craig Dworkin, Judith Goldman, Duriel E. Harris, Dawn Lundy Martin, Ronaldo V. Wilson [Black Took Collective], Bhanu Kapil, Craig Santos Perez, CAConrad, Sarah Dowling, Trisha Low, Anne Boyer, Jennif(f)er Tamayo, Will Alexander, Woogee Bae, Tracie Morris, Edwin Torres, Amy Catanzano, and Julie Patton.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We look forward to hearing from you!

P-QUEUE Co-Editors