Flying With Red Haircrow Productions

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Category: Poetry

Call For Submissions – “Varied Spirits” – A #Transgender #Poetry, Photo & #Art Collection

Varied Spirits Poetry & Art Collection

We live in societies designed to crush our bodies and spirits, that seek to compartmentalize and confine us in every way, especially into heteronormative roles and bodies although gender, sexuality, even intelligence are naturally on a spectrum.

Variance, the state of being varied, is often seen as negative. Yet skills such as adaptability and variability helped our ancestors survive, and today are essential in gaining and maintaining balance, well-being and mindfulness. Being trans and/or also part of other minoritized or marginalized groups adds extras challenges for being accepted as who you are, of just living your life, of feeling safe in society, in your home, in your body.

You are invited to submit poetry/prose, visual art and photography at no cost to you for a collection gathering the dignity, the sacrifice, and the beauty of our lives, loves and living. Of our spirits.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

WHO: Writers, photographers and artists of any kind or level who identify as trans (including non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender-queer, trans-feminine, trans-masculine, mtf, ftm etc.) and Native/Indigenous persons who identify as two-spirit. 

WHAT: We are accepting previously unpublished original 1) poetry and short works of prose, 2) artwork and 3) photography. We have no topic limitations. You are invited to submit up to 3 pieces of work combined. For example, 2 poems and 1 artwork, or 1 photo, 1 poem and 1 artwork.

WHEN: Submissions are being accepted from 1 April- 31 October 2022 for publication in Winter/Spring 2023. Email your submissions to variedspirits (at) gmail.com. Edited by Manuel Ricardo Garcia , Red Haircrow and a guest editor (TBA). Also view our listing on Duotrope!

POETRY & PROSE

  • Poems should be no longer than 2 pages in length. Prose should be approximately 1,000 words in length.
  • Work can be submitted in English, German, Spanish or Indigenous languages with translation, and please use 12 points Times New Roman or a plain font type for your submissions.
  • Please copy and paste your work into the body of your email.  

ARTWORK & PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Please submit artwork and photography as: .jpeg, .pdf or .png formats, each no greater than 2GB in size.
  • Please include a short description of your artwork or photography.
  • All portrait-oriented artwork will be considered for the cover image of the collection, and used as such with permission of the contributor.
  • Photographers must hold all rights to their materials and have all necessary permissions if there are identifiable persons in the images. 

We accept simultaneous submissions. If a particular work is accepted elsewhere, please inform us immediately and withdraw your submission.

We ask that if submitting more than one work, please submit them all in one email.

We ask you to include a short bio with your submission(s). If your work(s) are selected, the bio may be included in the publication with the contributor’s permission.

Please only indicate POETRY, ARTWORK and/or PHOTOGRPAHY SUBMISSION in the subject line of your email.

CONTRIBUTOR’S RIGHTS & AWARD

When agreeing to publication of your work in this collection, this grants us first publishing rights. After publication, all rights to the material remain with the contributor.

When agreeing to publication, if your poem/s, art or photography are subsequently published elsewhere (in print or online), please credit this collection as first publisher.

Accepted contributors will receive one copy of the printed publication and one .pdf version.

Book Launch July 5, 2018 in #Berlin- “Geschichte Schreiben” or “Writing History”

180621_Neue Rundschau_01Two of my poems, “The Color of Your Skin” and “Threatened by Beads” are included in this anthology of essays, art, poetry and more. First appearing in Red Ink International Journal’s special issue, Standing With Standing Rock (December 2016), my work was translated to German for this edition of Neue Rundschau, published by S. Fischer Verlag.

From the Facebook event page: Publication Launch of “Writing History”. Edited by Sharon Dodua Otoo and Manuela Bauche, who have asked writers, artists and academics about their vision of “writing history” for the latest edition of the magazine Neue Rundschau (S. Fischer Verlag).  As part of the symposium: “New Perspectives”. More information and registration details are available at the Xartsplitta website.

Synopsis: “Hegemonic historiographies – such as those about colonialism – are increasingly beginning to falter, are being rewritten and reperspectived. However, this does not happen by itself, but is also driven by the year-long struggles of activists, such as initiatives of Black people and other People of Colour. How can history be told differently? Is historical injustice comparable? Can history not also be decentered and complex?


Publikations-Launch von “Geschichte Schreiben”. Hg. von Sharon Dodua Otoo und Manuela Bauche. Im Rahmen des Symposiums: “Neue Perspektiven”
(www.xartsplitta.net/symposium-neue-perspektiven/)

“Hegemoniale Geschichtserzählungen – etwa über den Kolonialismus – geraten zuletzt zunehmend ins Wanken, werden umgeschrieben und neu perspektiviert. Das geschieht aber nicht von selbst, sondern wird auch durch die jahrelangen Kämpfe von Aktivist*innen, beispielsweise Initiativen Schwarzer Menschen und weiterer People of Colour, vorangetrieben. Wie lässt sich Geschichte anders schreiben? Ist historisches Unrecht vergleichbar? Lässt sich Geschichte nicht auch dezentriert und komplex erzählen?”

Näheres unter: www.xartsplitta.net/launch-geschichte-schreiben/

Informationen zur Anmeldung: www.xartsplitta.net/anmeldung_symposium/

Anibar #Animation Festival 2016 in Peja, Kosovo-Our “Conejitos Amarillos” Selected!

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Our video “Conejitos Amarillos” with original piano composition and performance by German jazz pianist Uli Lenz has been selected for the Kids Program at the Anibar Animation Festival in Peja, Kosovo, 21-25 August 2016!

About the video:

“Conejitos Amarillos” is a short energetic piece composed and performed by German jazz pianist Uli Lenz, combined with a poem by Red Haircrow. Inspired by Lenz’s thoughts on the song’s creation and the mixture of jazz and animation in iconic Tom & Jerry cartoons, Red Haircrow created a simple but fast moving musical story of comedic gravity about the idiosyncracies of rabbits. It is part of Lenz & Haircrow, “Poetry & Piano” project, and created by Flying With Red Haircrow Productions. https://www.facebook.com/flyingwithredhaircrowproductions/

“Conejitos Amarillos” is a live recorded performance from Lenz’s solo album ““Dance Mañana” available at HGBS Studios.

About Uli Lenz:

Lenz is regarded as a brilliant musical engineer with a particularly strong left hand, and an immediately recognizable style. Through his melodically complex but highly danceable style of play, while in Africa, he acquired the nickname ‘The man who dances on the keys.’

Although based in Berlin, Germany, and being a well known artist in the local jazz scene, Uli Lenz is a world traveler in the field of jazz, serving as a musical ambassador for Germany. His tours have taken him to almost every country on earth. He has played and continues to perform in various groups, bands, duos and trios with fellow artists such as François Jeanneau, Cecil McBee, Ira Coleman, Pepe Burns, Patricia Nomakosazana Dhlamini, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and more!”
www.ulilenz.com

From FWRH: New Video for “The Dog from Tula” by Uli Lenz

“The dog is the story, and Tula is the place…”

The latest mix of jazz piano & poetry with original piano composition composed and performed by Uli Lenz. It’s a live recording from Uli’s latest solo album “Dance Manana”, recorded and available from HGBS Studios. The poem is a collaboration with Native American writer/poet Red Haircrow. The video was created through Flying with Red Haircrow Productions.

Photo of Mr. Lenz with titling “Uli Lenz” was taken by Anja I. Schnapka. Other photos of Mr. Lenz were taken by Red Haircrow.

Photos of Tula, Russia from Wikimedia Commons used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Attributions to Alexxx1979, A. Savin, XBM, and Celest.ru.