"I am especially interested in articles that are the result of collaboration between prisoners and non-prisoners. A focus of the anthology will be on building bridges in an attempt to create and maintain positive relationships across the walls," said editor Lin Elliot, a Cherokee/Scotch/Irish prisoner incarcerated at Clallam Bay, Washington. Individual works are also desired.
The anthology will reflect the diversity of lesbian, gay and queer communities, including works by women and men of all ages, races, national origin, and political, religious and economic perspectives. The following types of experiences of incarceration are especially appropriate for Cold Iron: juvenile detention centers and reform schools; the problems facing transsexuals in prisons; homophobia in the system; prison lovers; the treatment of gays, lesbians and queers in foreign prisons; mental patients and involuntary incarceration; confinement of the elderly; racism and homophobia in prison; the problems facing ex-cons; and the sexual abuse of prisoners. These topics are suggestions and do not limit the kind of subjects that will be considered.
Cold Iron will include fiction, non-fiction, poetry and letters. Submissions should be 3000 words or less. Manuscripts should be typed or legibly hand-written, contain the author's name and complete address and include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please avoid sending your only copy if possible. Artwork should be black and white drawings or photos which can be reproduced in black and white. Drawings can include drafts or sketches of tattoos.
Each submission should be accompanied by a short biography of the author or artist i.e., how long and where you have been incarcerated, or the nature of your experience with lesbian, gay or queer prisoners. Deadline for submissions is December 31, 1992. Please send all materials to either:
Lin Elliot c/o Indigenous Thought
6802 SW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608
Cold Iron c/o John Fall
1457B -22nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
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