DAPL Protest Poetry & Art Sought

Award-winning Standing Rock Sioux poet Tiffany Midge is soliciting poetry and artwork protesting DAPL for publication in broadsides for Broadside Press.

The full call is below:

Broadsided Special Features: Responses: Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) Protests at Standing Rock, 2016

At Broadsided Press, we believe that art and literature inspire and demonstrate the vitality and depth of our connection with the world. Art operates beyond the news cycle, connects surface information to deeper truths, and honors and what it attends.

We had to speak out—we had to make a space for you to speak out as artists and writers—on the continuing resistance at Standing Rock to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Send us poems, short-shorts, and artwork in response to Standing Rock. Full guidelines for length etc are available on our website.
With the help of guest editor Tiffany Midge, we will bring your work into broadsides for people to consider and share. Each broadside will feature the work of one visual artist and one literary artist, the combinations thereof selected and designed by the editors.

Submissions by those involved with the action (you are free to define what this means) are free.

DEADLINE: January 10, 2017

PUBLICATION: On or around February 1, 2017

Tiffany Midge’s poetry collection The Woman Who Married a Bear (University of New Mexico Press) won the Kenyon Review’s Earthworks Prize for Indigenous Poetry. She is a humor columnist for Indian Country Today and an assistant poetry editor for The Rumpus. Her work is featured in McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Waxwing, Okey-Pankey, and Moss. She is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux (Hunkpapa Lakota). Follow her on Twitter @TiffanyMidge

Sherman Alexie’s Talk Last Friday for Pierce County Library in Washington State




As usual, Alexie was an incredible speaker. He had the audience of thousands at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, WA laughing and crying and then signed books until past 11 pm. More about the Library’s program is here.

Poetry Submissions Sought from Native Americans in or from California


Deadline: June 1, 2015

Red Indian Road West:
Native American Poetry from California

To be published by Scarlet Tanager Books:

Who should submit? Native American poets from California tribes as well as poets from tribes nationwide who were born or currently live in California. All poems submitted should relate directly or indirectly to Native American experience in California. Please send 3 to 5 poems, tribal affiliation, and a short bio (no longer than 150 words) to Lucille Lang Day: lucyday[AT]scarlettanager[DOT]com. Either a Word .doc attachment or pasted text is okay. Payment is one copy of anthology.


Luke Warm Water (Oglala Lakota) has been published in Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (Michigan State University Press, 2008) and in many literary magazines and anthologies. He was a featured poet at the prestigious Geraldine R. Dodge 12th Biennial Poetry Festival. Luke’s poetry collection City Tree of Concrete and Hope received an Artists Embassy International literary/cultural award in 2013.

Lucille Lang Day (Wampanoag) is the author of ten poetry collections and chapbooks, including The Curvature of Blue, Infinities, and Wild One. Her chapbook Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems won the 2014 Blue Light Poetry Prize and Chapbook Contest and will be published in 2015. Her full-length collection Becoming an Ancestor will appear in 2015 from Červená Barva Press.


Oklahoma Writers of Color Anthology Is Accepting Submissions

I received the following information from a listserv:

Mongrel Empire Press, an Eclectic Publishing House specializing in regional and uncommon literary works, is seeking submissions for an upcoming anthology featuring Oklahoma writers of color.

Quraysh Ali Lansana and Dr. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, in collaboration with Mongrel Empire Press, seek to publish the writing of People of Color born and/or raised in Oklahoma or who have lived in the Oklahoma for five or more years. Though the editors prefer writing that speaks to some aspect of life in the Sooner State (politics, history, culture, the land, etc), all topics and genres are welcome. This anthology will be the first to document exclusively the lives of minorities in Oklahoma. We are looking for essays, interviews, short fiction, poetry and personal reflections for publication that explore life in Oklahoma as well as the state’s rich history.

Born and raised in Enid, OK, anthology editor Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of five poetry books, three textbooks, a children’s book, editor of eight anthologies, and coauthor of a book of pedagogy. Quraysh earned an MFA at the Creative Writing Program at New York University where he was a Departmental Fellow and he served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing from 2002-2011. Quraysh is a member of the faculty of The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA Program at Oklahoma City University.

Co-editor Jeanetta Calhoun Mish was born in Hobart, OK and raised in Wewoka, OK; she completed her Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Oklahoma in 2009. Her second poetry collection, Work Is Love Made Visible, was awarded the Oklahoma Book Award, the WILLA Award from Women Writing the West, and the Western Heritage Award. Jeanetta is a contributing editor to Oklahoma Today and to Sugar Mule: A Literary Magazine. Mish is also editor of Mongrel Empire Press and the director of The Red Earth MFA Program at Oklahoma City University.

Submission Guidelines:

1. All manuscripts must be typed. For multiple page manuscripts the title of the work and page number must appear on each page.

2. Manuscripts may be e-mailed as an attachment in Microsoft Word or in RTF.

3. All manuscripts must be submitted electronically.

4. A cover letter must be included with your attachment(s) listing the titles of submitted works and contact information. Also, please include acknowledgments if submitting previously published work.

5. All submitted material must include an e-mail address. Submissions without contact information will not be considered.

6.The deadline for consideration is October 31, 2013

Please send submissions to:

Oklahoma Writers of Color Anthology


E-mail general questions only to


If you know of previously published or historical work that should be included, please contact the editors at

The projected date of publication for the Oklahoma people of color anthology is January 2014. the anthology will be available through most online bookstores and at local independent bookstores in Oklahoma. The editors are planning for a series of readings throughout the state where writers whose submissions appear in the book can present their work to the public.

About Mongrel Empire Press
Mongrel Empire Press was established in 2007 with a mission to publish well-written, thoughtfully-considered works across generic and disciplinary boundaries. The Press actively identifies and promotes Oklahoma and regional writers while at the same time making room for outside the region works that, because of their mixed generic, disciplinary, and philosophical approaches, cannot find a home at other presses that have a more narrowly defined mission.

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Editor
Mongrel Empire Press

Poetry chapbook contest for Native poets

Here’s the info. I received from a listserv:

2013 Native Writers Chapbook Series Contest

The Sequoyah National Research Center is pleased to announce the return of their Poetry Chapbook Award for emerging American Indian writers. One manuscript will be published annually, and although there is no cash prize, the writer selected will receive 250 copies of their chapbook to distribute at will. The winning manuscript will also be archived in our prestigious Tribal Writers Digital Library.

Guidelines are as follows:

• The Sequoyah Chapbook Award is open to any member of a federally recognized tribe in the United States. Individual must be either enrolled as a member of that tribe or accepted by that community as a member.

• Manuscripts, which need not be Native American in theme or subject matter, should be between 20 to 36 pages of poems, bound with a clip, single-spaced, one poem per page, paginated consecutively, with a table of contents and acknowledgments. Previous journal or magazine publication (web or print) is encouraged with acknowledgements, but we will not reprint work that has appeared as a whole in books (self-published or otherwise).

• A cover letter is required that identifies the writer’s tribal affiliation and has all contact information, including name, complete mailing address, email, and phone number. A short bio would also be helpful.

• We ask that you not submit manuscript simultaneously to other publishers or contests; winner will be notified no later than June 15, 2013.

• There is no reading fee, and manuscripts will not be read anonymously. All things being equal, we will select the work of emerging authors over established ones.

• Please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard for confirmation of receipt of your manuscript.

• Manuscript must be postmarked between March 15 and May 1, 2013. Anything received after that reading period will be returned unread. We do not accept email submissions. Please mail submission to:

Professor Nickole Brown, Department of English
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Little Rock, AR 72204

• Questions should be emailed to Professor Brown at lnbrownATualrDOTedu
lnbrown@ualr.edu. Again, please do not email poems.