'Plain Rainbows: LGBTQ Amish & Anabaptist Stories' Season 2 Episode Guide



PLAIN RAINBOWS 2 PODCAST EPISODE GUIDE 

(YOUTUBE)


ONE KYIV PRIDE 

Edward joins us to discuss LGBTQ Ukraine for a live episode.

TWO CHRIS 

Chris on living with authenticity in Amish country. 

THREE LARS PART 1 

Dr. Lars, PhD on a "Plain / Southern" identity etc.

FOUR LARS PART 2

Lars on Amish in academia etc. 

FIVE MARLIN

Growing up gay and Beachy Mennonite 

SIX JACQUI 

A discussion on (Mennonite) education 

SEVEN RANDALL 

Gay and Horning Mennonite

Special episode co-hosted by Kris 




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Summer 2022 Update

 

Dear Readers, 

My summer / 2022 plans include writing and whatever my next creative endeavor may take shape as. Poetry? Fiction / non-fic memoir mixtape? We shall see! 

This will also give me a nice hiatus from social media as well, now that Plain Rainbows 2 is out! 

New and recent poetry can be found at FeversOfTheMind.com and IceFloe Press. 

For your summer reading list consider checking out: 

THE LITERARY PARTY: GROWING UP GAY AND AMISH IN AMERICA

MOTOR CITY MIX 


Plain Rainbows 2: Meet Randall



Final episode of Plain Rainbows 2 podcast just dropped! Happy Pride! 

Hard Rain Poetry: Forever Dylan Anthology

 Happy Summer Solstice & publication day to HARD RAIN POETRY: FOREVER DYLAN anthology, now available

It is rare when a poet will emerge that becomes a wonderful musician, artist, activist
and celebrated with a Nobel Prize in the end for writing.
He is a natural with words, freestyle to deeply thoughtful. Within metaphors that’ll
make you think inevitably if you study each line it’ll make sense in the end.
Bob Dylan came around when folk was almost bubblegum. It took him, Joan Baez,
Odetta, Dave Van Ronk, Phil Ochs to continue the folk that endured the same feeling
of hardships of a Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Leadbelly, the many blues and jazz musicians before. It was less about what Elvis, Buddy Holly, and what Chuck Berry was putting out (which definitely is a great style on itself) Dylan was about shifting, changing with the times, understanding what was to come and being 1 step ahead. He sung and wrote like an artist painting a picture. He is a storyteller. He wasn’t afraid to bring sarcasm, his truth to a story and laying it out for everyone the bones, the bruises, and the sweat . He had many muses to help him write to his perfections in writing. Whether it be personal relationships with Suze Rotolo, Joan Baez, his wife Sara, Carolyn Dennis, Edie Sedgwick, Nico, but also with musical counterparts such as Woody Guthrie, once again Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young. Influences in writing of Arthur Rimbaud, Dylan Thomas, and just exploring cities from Minneapolis to New York to London and exploring this world like Kerouac and Ginsberg & other beats. He had a natural flow of thought, passion & yes, bitterness but he wanted to protect the dignity of true art, and not lead it to what most people hear today on the radio, youtube, and more. He was always exploring his faith (another muse)? He made friendships and enemies and friendships with enemies. Everyone in music from the 60’s til now knew Dylan. Whether they liked his personality or not, they definitely had to have some form of admiration of his art. Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, The Byrds, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell (a frenemy at times), The Band, even Judas Priest.


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Featuring the following:

Art/photos by Tony Aiken, Geoffrey Wren, David L O’Nan

Featured Poetry from

Elizabeth Cusack
David L O'Nan (including debut poetry)
Ron Whitehead  (U.S. Beat Poet Laureate)
John Guzlowski
Ivor Daniel
Lynn White
James Schwartz
Robert Frede Kenter
Thasia Anne Lunger
Christian Garduno
R.M. Engelhardt
Peter Hague
Spriha Kant
Beth Mulcahy
Matthew Freeman
Kushal Poddar
Carrie Anne Golden
Joe Kidd
Troy Jackson
Mark Andrew Heathcote
w v sutra
Owen Bullock
F.E. Clark
Ethan McGuire
Ian Richardson
Doreen Stock
Peter Lilly
Dan Carpenter
Jude Neale
Clive Gresswell
Derek Smith
Tim Troglen
Billy Watson
Maid Corbic
Brenda E. Nwafor
Kathryn Sadakierski
Sadie Maskery
Jeremy Limn 


Book Pics!


 Crime writer Robert Ragan & my Plain Rainbows podcast co-host Mary Byler dropped book pics recently! 

ICEFLOE: THE WOODWARD BUS POEM

 

ICEFLOE PRESS has published an alternate extended mix of my WOODWARD BUS POEM! The original version of the poem is available in MOTOR CITY MIX

Psalms of the Alien Buddha 2

 My hymn The Ninth Garden is included in the new anthology "Psalms of the Alien Buddha 2"! Available in b & w or color

Sins of the Amish


Don't miss a Plain Rainbows co-host in this! Must see TV!

What they Wore

 My Plain Rainbows podcast co-host Mary Byler speaking to the Associated Press. Season 2 of Plain Rainbows drops in June! 

A Sleepcast Poem

 

My monthly contribution to Fevers of the Mind is up today: A Sleepcast Poem!

Psalms of The Alien Buddha 2

 My hymn The Ninth Garden (9 vs. The Garden of Night) will be included in the music themed forthcoming anthology from Alien Buddha Press Psalms of The Alien Buddha 2

#LoveIsLove 🏳️‍🌈


Fevers of the Mind: Revolution & Rust

 Happy National Poetry Month! My new Bob Dylan inspired poem REVOLUTION & RUST is up at FEVERS OF THE MIND today! 

Books by James Schwartz



POETRY TITLES BY JAMES SCHWARTZ


THE LITERARY PARTY: GROWING UP GAY AND AMISH IN AMERICA (2011) *** 

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE (2014) 

SECULAR, SATIRICAL & SACRED MEDITATIONS (2016) 

PUNATIC (2020) ** 

MOTOR CITY MIX (2022) **  



POETRY ANTHOLOGIES FEAT. JAMES SCHWARTZ 


ALL POETRY IS PRAYER (2010) 

AMONG THE LEAVES: QUEER MALE POETS ON THE MIDWESTERN EXPERIENCE (2012) 

MILK & HONEY SIREN (2013) ***

POETRY 4 FOOD 2 (2013) *

POETRY 4 FOOD 3 (2014) *

WRITING KNIGHTS PRESS POETRY ANTHOLOGY 2014 

PAGE-A-DAY POETRY ANTHOLOGY 2015 

QDA: A QUEER DISABILITY ANTHOLOGY (2015)

DANGEROUS SUBMISSIONS (2017) 

NOT MY PRESIDENT (2017) 

CHALLENGING SUBMISSIONS (2017) 

#R E S I S T (2017) ** 

GRAND SHOWCASE 2018 

LOVEJETS: QUEER MALE POETS ON 200 YEARS OF WALT WHITMAN (2019) 

POETRY IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS (2020)

MARCH 2020 / JUNE 2020 PANDEMIC ANTHOLOGIES 

OVERGROUND UNDERGROUND MAGAZINE ISSUE 1 (2020) 

SWEETER VOICES STILL: AN LGBTQ ANTHOLOGY FROM MIDDLE AMERICA (2021) 

GOOD COP/BAD COP (2021) 

ALIEN BUDDHA ZINE #38 (2022) 

PSALMS OF THE ALIEN BUDDHA 2 (2022) 



POETRY CHAPBOOKS BY JAMES SCHWARTZ 


ALPINE SUITE (2013) *

MICHIGAN MEDITATIONS (2016) *



KINDLE E-BOOKS BY JAMES SCHWARTZ 


AMISH CHRISTMAS SUITE (2019) ***

VOLCANO SUITE (2019) ***

SELECTED POEMS (2019) ***

IN THE FAR DISTANCE SO MUCH IS BURNING (2021) ***

#MARTYRMIRRORS: A VISUAL POETRY SERIES (2021) *** 



NON-FICTION ANTHOLOGIES FEAT. JAMES SCHWARTZ 


BEST OF BOOKS BY THE BED 2 (2014) 

OUR HAPPY HOURS: LGBT VOICES FROM THE GAY BARS (2017) 



FICTION ANTHOLOGIES FEAT. JAMES SCHWARTZ  


JONATHAN: A JOURNAL OF QUEER MALE FICTION ISSUE 07 (2014) 



PUBLICATIONS / JOURNALS 



MICHIANA'S RAINBOW GAZZETTE*, BABEL*, DIVERSITY RULES MAGAZINE, ERIS MAGAZINE*, POETRY24*, PIECE JOURNAL*, @7x20*, POLITIKU*, THE GOOD MEN PROJECT, THE NEW VERSE NEWS, EMPTY MIRROR, RFD MAGAZINE, WRITERS RESIST, SCIENCE OF MIND MAGAZINE, PUNA NEWS, SILVER BIRCH PRESS, RIC JOURNAL, HEADLINE POETRY AND PRESS, ACROSS THE SOCIAL DISTANCES*, TRAIN: A POETRY JOURNAL, ICEFLOE PRESS, FEVERS OF THE MIND 


* OUT OF PRINT / DEFUNCT 

** PHOTOGRAPHY  

*** E-BOOK 

From Pahoa with Lava 4 πŸŒ‹




3 years ago I was filming the documentary film FROM PAHOA WITH LAVA 4! Watch a snippet on the Films page or stream via NA LEO TV! In the film I read a poem, "Kalapana Meditation", via my Punatic poetry collection and discuss life during a volcanic eruption.

 

Happy National Poetry Month! πŸ–€πŸŒƒ


 Happy National Poetry Month from the poetic Motor City! This year I have a new poetry / photography collection, MOTOR CITY MIX, via Alien Buddha Press, have joined FEVERS OF THE MIND as a monthly contributor and recently contributed to Silver Birch Press' THOUGHTS ABOUT THE EARTH SERIES

On a personal note I have been reading poetry since I was a youth and my voice echoes those pioneers before me: Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Rimbaud, Hart Crane, Allen Ginsberg, James Baldwin...

 

ICYMI: EAT THE STORMS: EPISODE 13 SEASON 4  

Wolfpack Contributor

 I am officially joining the wolfpack! Thank you for the opportunity to be a regular contributor Fevers of the Mind

"Dollar Store Blues"



'Dollar Store Blues: and other cheap words' the new chapbook by Richard LeDue is now available via Alien Buddha Press (featuring a blurb by yours truly)!  

Amish / Mennonite Ukraine Connection


Sadly, as the Ukraine war continues we all find ourselves to be living in a time of  global conflicts and war. I pray for peace! To address the Ukraine / Mennonite connection, answer several questions on this topic. 

No Amish live in Ukraine only Mennonites. You can find The Ukraine Mennonite Centre (with updates) here. A recent article can be read here

Recent articles on the Mennonites in Ukraine can be found herehere and here

Donations can be made here.

Various branches of the Mennonite Church have issued statements calling for peace however the Amish Church has not and will not as they're "separate from the world." Same as WW2. That is not to say they are not supporting our Mennonite "cousins" with donations, prayers. Still, a public statement would be appreciated as their silence is interpreted as apathetic. I hope to see ex-Amish with podcasts, public platforms speaking out for peace. 

Thank you Marginal Mennonite Society for doing so! 

I also recommend checking out the classic Anabaptist novel Peace Shall Destroy Many.

My co-host Mary Byler and I are recording episodes of our podcast Plain Rainbows: LGBTQ Amish and Anabaptist Stories season 2 and agree it is vital to address Ukraine and Anabaptist including LGBTQ Anabaptist in politically volatile places around the world. 

Please join me in prayers, meditations for peace

Writers for Democratic Action joint statement 

WDA: Statement



WDA: JOINT STATEMENT 

We condemn the decision by the President of Russia to invade Ukraine. Unarmed civilian populations in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odessa and other cities across Ukraine are currently under attack in what is the largest military operation in Europe since the end of World War II. We are shocked and appalled by this unprovoked war of aggression.

Since independence in 1991, Ukraine has declared it a state priority to integrate with the EU and the West. After the Orange Revolution of 2004, when Ukrainian citizens rejected the results of a rigged election, the Russian government has grown increasingly belligerent. In remarks intended to justify this invasion, President Vladimir Putin indicates that he considers Ukrainians to be part of the Russian nation and Ukrainian statehood to be illegitimate. To turn back the clock and destroy the Ukrainian state, he has compiled “kill lists” and made broader plans of repression to rein in what he calls “Nazism and extremism.” In reality, he is targeting the democratically elected Ukrainian government, the independent media, and various civil rights activists, including LGBTQ rights advocates. He also seeks to silence scholars who have researched Stalinist atrocities such as the Holodomor, the complexities of World War II, and other subjects that do not correspond with Putin’s affirmative view of Soviet history. His plans for repression in Ukraine reveal that Putin will use this military invasion to destroy groups and institutions that have fought hard for human rights, media freedom, and other democratic advances in Ukraine, just as he has done at home, where he has used violence against reformers and activists attempting to promote human rights and civil society in Russia.

We call on all of you to join with Ukrainians in solidarity, rejecting the illegal efforts of the Russian government to destroy an independent sovereign state with a democratically elected government in Ukraine. 

Signed,

The American Association for Ukrainian Studies (AAUS)
The Shevchenko Scientific Society in the U.S. (NTSh-A) 
Writers for Democratic Action 

Gratitude



Thank you everyone your birthday greetings on social media. Gratitude for another trip around the sun - What a year it has been! Travel, adventures and a new chapter in my journey. I am in love with Detroit and so happy to be celebrating my birthday in my favorite city.

MOTOR CITY MIX is now available via Amazon! Read a preview here!

Reminder: I will be guesting on Eat the Storms podcast today... tune in! 

"Motor City Mix" Press Kit

 

MOTOR CITY MIX by James Schwartz (ALIEN BUDDHA PRESS) 2.18.22 

Now available - click here

Amazon 

Goodreads


REVIEWS: 


Like James Schwartz I too am a big fan of Detroit, though I only spent a few days there. These poems beautifully evoke the city and my memories of that visit.


- Poet Edward Field 


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Is it the Blues he’s singing? For James, it’s like he’s been astral travelling across states for the last five years, having never really left home. And now, with a sense of homecoming flowing through his veins he bleeds us a picture of the land he’s laid his roots down in, melding images of natural landscape and iron architecture in simple zen-like lines of beat poetry that exhales the black smoke of Detroit factories to a kinesthesia of American history and modern pop culture.


James Schwartz is a modern day beat poet. I’ve been enjoying his work for a while now but with this little book he puts me in mind of Allen Ginsberg, d. a. levy and an old friend of mine, Tom Clark. We’re not merely consuming words here, we are left with a lingering perception inside us - a feeling and a thrill for a place we might never even have been. 

It’s intensely American writing - and a little beauty of a book.


- u.v.ray, author of Drug Story


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James Schwartz and I have much in common: we are both queer poets who have wandered far and foreign from our origins in the United States. And I also lived in Detroit for a bit but never enjoyed it as much as I do through Schwartz’s eyes, ears, and words. Schwartz wants his city to “Sing me Motown love songs.” His own Motown tape of love songs, photographs, and poetry in Motor City Mix makes me smile. I think I should have found more joy during my time in Detroit. Finally, with James Schwartz’s poems, I do. This book is, as Schwartz writes, a “homecoming.".


 - James Penha, @NewVerseNews  


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The special connection of poetry and place are explored in Motor City Mix on his journey from Amish farmland to morning bus rides down Woodward Avenue and meeting Dante’s bust on Belle Isle.  The Detroit of James Schwartz has the weather of Paris, “Tough in the winters, sizzling in summers,” although, it is much grittier.  

This poetic walk through Highland Park’s industrial artifacts lets you hear silence of Roman ruins, not the booming din of assembly on a factory floor.  The past of a place is always silent, and it takes a poem to make it speak. Motor City Mix is the voice of this city speaking through the poetry of James Schwartz.


- Doug Tanoury, author of Detroit Poems  

"Motor City Mix"

 Surprise! My new poetry chapbook "Motor City Mix" will be out soon via Alien Buddha Press! Happy πŸ–€ Day Detroit! 





Amish Abuse Victims Need Advocates



It is important, even if you are not an abuse victim, to be an ally and speak out for positive change where it is due. It has been many, many years since I was in the Amish community but I can still remember the oppression. 

Numerous Amish, Mennonite and other Plain people have been coming forward on social media to tell their stories of abuse and warning of how widespread and common it has become. There is also a multi-million dollar tourism industry on the line - many ex-Amish face the loss of their livelihood for speaking out on the abuse epidemic as they are employed by a business that caters to the community or hold manufacturing jobs working alongside the Amish. Speaking out against the Old Order Amish Church is seen as rocking the boat. Let the Bishops handle abuse allegations and stay silent. 


PG: "COVERINGS" 

THE PLAIN PEOPLE'S PODCAST 

THE MISFIT AMISH: PRINTABLE RESOURCES 


In response to the media coverage (Cosmo, The Morning Call, The Daily Mail, Penn Live, WCIA, Metro, Toledo Blade) of the Amish #MeToo movement the Old Order Amish Church take a page from the Catholic church playbook and hold 'Amish Abuse Awareness Conferences' that have had little effect and the stories continue to come out. 

Ex-Amish care deeply about their former communities and families and want to help those still in the community whether it is education on LGBTQ issues like myself or advocating overturning WI vs. Yoder

I can recall searching for a "gay Amish" book that reflected my identity to no avail. A book about gay Amish by a gay Amish writer. Today there are several: 

The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America 

Sweeter Voices Still: An LGBTQ Anthology from Middle America 

Aaron: Amish and Gay 

We care. Change is coming! 



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