OTHER TONGUES Volume 2:
Mixed-Race Women Speak Out (Again!)
Co-editors Adebe DeRango-Adem and Andrea Thompson are seeking submissions of writing and/or artwork for a follow-up anthology of work by and about mixed-race women, intended for publication by Inanna Publications in 2020-21.
Deadline for Submissions: JANUARY 15, 2020
The purpose of this anthology is to explore the question of how mixed-race women in North America identify in the 21st Century. The anthology will also serve as a place to learn about the social experiences, attitudes, and feelings of others, while investigating more general questions around what racial identity has come to mean today. We are inviting previously unpublished submissions that engage, document, and/or explore the experiences of being mixed-race.
Please send one (1) submission of up to 2000 words of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, spoken word (or a combination of these genres) as a SINGLE attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Black and white images and artwork should be 300 dpi and sent as attachments in .jpg of .tiff format. Artwork and photography limited to three (3) per applicant.
Please include your contact information, including your name, address, phone number, e-mail, title(s) of work submitted, type of submission, and a short artist bio (50 words max, including your racial mix) in the body of the email, with your name and the type of submission in the subject line (e.g. “Jazmine – Poetry Submission”). All submissions are due JANUARY 15, 2020. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
While we ask you identify your racial mix in the short bio accompanying your submission, the actual text/artwork you are submitting does not need to locate/delineate/define your mix. If you prefer that your contribution remain anonymous, please include this preference at the top of your submission. All personal information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.
For the story behind this project, detailed submission guidelines, and the Editors’ bios, please see below.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Editors, Adebe DeRango-Adem and Andrea Thompson, at email@example.com
We look forward to reviewing your submission!
More Info and Guidelines at:
WHAT IS OTHER TONGUES?
The first edition of Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out was born from a desire to see a new and refreshing literature that could be at the forefront of mixed-race discourse and women’s studies, while providing a space for the creative expression of mixed-race women. Through an inspirational and provocative mix of visual art, literature, orature, creative non-fiction and academic analysis, Other Tongues chronicled the changes in social attitudes towards race, mixed-race, gender and identity, and the each of the contributors’ particular reactions to those attitudes.
The diversity of each woman’s story demonstrated the breadth and depth of the lived reality of the mixed experience for women in North America at that particular moment in time. In this way, the book became a snapshot of the North American racial terrain in the afterglow of the inauguration of the first mixed-race/Black American President—a pivotal point in history that many mistakenly labeled the dawning of a “post-racial” age.
WHY OTHER TONGUES 2?
Just under a decade after the publication of our first book, the political landscape has shifted dramatically. We have been led far from the shores of our utopian illusions towards a diametrically polarized social climate, where the gains of not only the last decade but the last century are seemingly at risk. In the wake of an American election that left many shaking with fear and disbelief, issues of equality, civil rights and social justice have moved to the forefront of conversations across North America. Artists, activists and academics have found their passion for social evolution reignited by a sense of urgency. The people are speaking out. The people are getting busy. There is a call to do.
With this second volume of Other Tongues, we hope to continue the conversation started a decade ago by creating a follow-up book that will continue to provide a platform for the voices and visions of mixed-race women, while delving further into issues of intersectionality—exploring perspectives of women from diverse backgrounds, ideologies, racial mixes, ages, social classes, sexual orientations and geographical locations. Given our view of gender as—much like race—variable in its spectrum, we encourage submissions from all woman-identifying and gender non-binary/gender non-conforming folx.
The ten-year anniversary edition of Other Tongues will seek to find unity through the sharing of stories and visions that not only express the intersection of race and feminism, but highlight the insights and lived experiences of those with a knowledge of what it is to embody the (still largely) liminal space(s) of being mixed-race. We hope to unpack these life narratives to ultimately dismantle the oppressive systems that keep us feeling limited in places where we should feel vast.
Thankfully, and in spite of these “othering” and polarizing times, we have storytelling to empower us. Moving forward necessitates a willingness to understand the healing space of storytelling as social alchemy. The lived experience of mixed-race women, and as such, our stories—expressed in words and images that explore the conundrum of race in all its complexity—can become lighthouses guiding us towards the shore of a new future… one fueled by a collective passion to hold space for one another, so we may develop the courage required to stand up, and, for the second time, speak out and be heard.
A NOTE ON TERMS: MIXED FEELINGS
In trying to come up with a more secure definition of “mixed-race” for the project’s second run, we found ourselves back in same position—unable to settle on a singular definition. As such, asking writers/artists to include their racial mix in their own words—somewhere in the biographical info that’s to accompany each submission—is our way of saying, “we want to appreciate the unique spectrum that is you!” We want to know where each of our mixed sisters are coming from, and in selecting our successful submissions, hope to represent the joys and complexities of the mixed-race experience across as wide a variety of contexts as possible.
Being mixed is not a singular experience, and comes with its unique set of challenges, conflicts and contradictions. Our stories and journeys are as diverse as our kinship lines. While we believe that revealing racial ancestry gives our readers the opportunity to fully see their own lives reflected in the work of contributors, what we didn’t want was our potential authors/artists to feel pressured to proclaim their identity neatly, for the sake of telling their story in a cohesive way. What we do want is a second volume whose volume is sure to be louder than the first.
Thank you in advance for supporting our vision going forward.
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Adebe DeRango-Adem is a writer and former attendee of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (Naropa University), where she mentored with poets Anne Waldman and Amiri Baraka. Her debut book of poems, Ex Nihilo (2010) became a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize, while her second collection, Terra Incognita (2015) was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her newest poetry collection, The Unmooring, was published in 2018 by Mansfield Press. A poem from the collection was featured in the 2019 Poem-In-Your-Pocket anthology, co-created by the League of Canadian Poets and the Academy of American Poets. www.adebederangoadem.com
Andrea Thompson has been publishing and performing her work for over twenty-five years. In 1995 she was featured in the documentary, Slamnation and in 2005 her spoken word CD, One, was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award. She was the 2009 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word’s Poet of Honour, was host of the television series, Heart of a Poet, and is author of the novel Over Our Heads. Thompson has written numerous critical essays on spoken word and is currently teaching through the University of Toronto’s continuing studies. In 2019, she released her CD, Soulorations and later that year won the League of Canadian Poets’ Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Excellence. www.andreathompson.ca
PRAISE FOR OTHER TONGUES VOL. 1
In a fresh approach to the quest for understanding mixed-race identity in the Americas, the multiple genres that find their way into the Other Tongues anthology— from poetry to photography, fiction to scholarship—perfectly mirror the prodigious spectrum of their authors’ positions toward the topic. This collection speaks boldly and poignantly to who we are, and by “we” I mean not only women of mixed-race ancestry, but all citizens of 21st-century North America.
— Lise Funderburg, author of Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity
These exciting, beautifully inked narratives tell us that, as each woman embraces her biracial or multiracial identity, she mothers a new world, one with equal space for everyone.
— Dr. George Elliott Clarke, Africadian & Eastern Woodland Metis, former Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate and Poet Laureate of Toronto
Passionate, courageous and insightful, Other Tongues speaks affectingly about the pleasures and paradoxes of living between the conventional categories of race. It is a significant anthology, one that I’ve been waiting for.
— Dr. Karina Vernon, Black Canadian Literature and Diaspora Studies, University of Toronto