Overground Underground #1 is out now!
68 pages of poetry, short fiction, visual poetry, art, photography, and various in-betweens, from some of the most exciting international writers and artists working today. Available in both print and ebook editions. 50% of profits will be donated to YoungMinds children's mental health charity.
Featuring work from Cailey Rizzo, Katy Haas, Kat Payne Ware, Declan Toohey, James Schwartz, Mark Goodwin, Emiliano Russianey, Toby Mercer, Lucy Duffell, Thomas M. Tayler, Thomas Crofts, Ian Seed, Gregory Betts, Dan Pounds, Helen Frank, Poppy Cockburn, Emyr Payne, E. Fraser, Mark Bolsover, Izzy Edwards, CDN Warren, Richard Capener, Gareth E. Davis, Matthew Thomas Smith, Nicola Jane Page, Hannah Star Rogers, kerry rawlinson, Claire Orchard, Wilson Koewing, David O’Connor, Dale Cooper Whitfield, Rae Joyce, Rue Baldry, Richard Biddle and Kieran Johns.
* Featuring my new pandemic poem "After Making Love to Emmanuel Macron in a Quarantined Paris"!
A sneak peek at the cover of OU #1. A still from an imaginary New Wave film set in 21st Century British Mundanity. Don't let the black & white fool you, there's plenty of colour inside from @katyydidnt @lucyduffell @CdnWarren @kerryrawli @RaeJFenton @littledeaths68 OUT TOMORROW! pic.twitter.com/TcjAzHmLeW— OVERGROUND UNDERGROUND (@overundermag) September 14, 2020
* Includes my new pandemic poem "After Making Love to Emmanuel Macron in a Quarantined Paris"!
To herald the imminent release of Overground Underground no.1 on the the 15th September, we have created a MEGAMIX of every word-based work included in the mag. Check it out below 👀https://t.co/db25xbpQSM— OVERGROUND UNDERGROUND (@overundermag) September 8, 2020
I am finishing several swriting projects so I can collapse in a heap soon - looking forward to it! My 2019 mixed-media collection PUNATIC has been officially rereleased via Writing Knights Press after their hiatus! Copies are available via Amazon as well in paperback and ebook formats.
"Defund the Police" is Deeply Anabaptist is a must read article that I recently came across. One of my ongoing projects is studying Anabaptist history. I am amazed at how today's ex-Amish have more in common with the Catholic church-state it once opposed than its own roots.
Today the majority of ex-Amish people support right wing political propaganda and Republican party candidates, at direct odds with their own historical spiritual tenants and values i.e. non-political engagement.
What other cultures are watching their faith being hijacked by other forces with anti-democratic agendas (in this case Evangelicals, Southern Baptists and the NRA)?
Anabaptists were once considered to be so radical they were persecuted by the church and even other Protestants. Sit with that for a moment.
Today we see the Mennonite Church schism over gay rights and the Amish Church leaders choosing non-engagement and shunning their LGBT minority. Even during a pandemic!
Today we see the Mennonite Church helping separated families at the border while Amish attend Trump rallies chanting Build the Wall.
Today we see the Amish ask Native Americans for forgiveness for their historical land theft yet refuse to give any land back. The Amish could always...you know... go back to where they came from! How about it Switzerland? Germany? France? We are Trump refugees.
Via @ndncollective: Movement Elder, Faith Spotted Eagle: "If you are a U.S. Citizen, you are a treaty signer. So, you, have a part to play w/ the treaties. You have to demand that the U.S. Gov. live up to the treaties. These are not dormant documents. As I speak to you, you are a treaty enforcer."
This is a time of justice and those of us under the Anabaptist umbrella need to participate in this moment. The silence from both the Mennonite Church and the Amish during WW2 must never be forgotten or repeated.
How far we have strayed from our ancestors!
Now is the time for reflection and reformation. A time to acknowledge we benefit from the white supremacist system and publicly proclaim Black Lives Matter. A time to honor treaties and give #Landback2020. A time to honor our own ancestors and realign with their values. A time to recognize errors and move forward in truth. A time to share our history and learn from it.
VIDEO EXCERPT: #READINGINTHERAINFOREST (August 4, 2017 - Kapoho, HI)
"ORGANIC AND VOLCANIC"
Writing Knights Press has rereleased my 2019 mixed-media collection PUNATIC (order a paperback via Writing Knights Press and get a free PDF)!
(PUNATIC is also available via Amazon)
* READ AN EXCERPT: GAIA (duet-poem with SETH SPEAKS)
His book THE LITERARY PARTY: GROWING UP GAY AND AMISH IN AMERICA was published by inGroup Press in 2011 + nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. Schwartz has also been a PUSHCART PRIZE nominee.
POETRY IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS (2020)
MARCH 2020: A COVID-19 ANTHOLOGY
Most recently, essays by Schwartz have appeared in RFD MAGAZINE, THE GOOD MEN PROJECT, OUR HAPPY HOURS: LGBT VOICES FROM THE GAY BARS anthology (winner of a Goldie Award) + short story AMISH ROAD TRIP (2014) in JONATHAN: A JOURNAL OF QUEER MALE FICTION & several Amazon Kindle eBook essays / singles (VOLCANO SUITE).
- Given the Black Lives Matter protests against racial discrimination and the rise of domestic violence and other forms of insecurity for women and LGBTQ+ folx during the pandemic, the charitable focus has changed somewhat for this second round of chapbooks
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As We the People celebrate #Pride let us remember the first Pride was a riot. Until we are all free no one is free. I am grateful for my LGBTQ community & will continue fighting for our collective liberation including LGBTQ Amish who continue to live in oppression. I call upon the Amish Church to reverse its anti-gay stance, stop shunning & start loving!