Call for Submissions: Growing Into Anarchy

In her essay “I Was a Teenage Anarchist and Now I’m a Mid-Thirties Anarchist,” Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness co-editor Margaret Killjoy writes:

“I’m not an anarchist for the sake of old-me. I’m not an anarchist simply out of habit, but out of deep and ever-deepening conviction. While on the surface, there are things about me that have calmed down, anti-authoritarianism and a pro-collective spirit have sunk deeper into me over the years. The difference between teenage anarchist me and adult anarchist me is the difference between the goth garb I wore in high school and the one I wear now: as a teenager, I was trying on a persona and a costume. As an adult, it’s that I’ve found the clothes and ideas that suit me.”

A lot of us are grappling with what it means to get older as an anarchist. We struggle with physical and mental health issues, adapting to new lifestyles, figuring out how to reckon our realities with the ideals of our younger selves. Out of a desire to make space for these stories, Strangers is putting together a zine anthology of essays (750-2500 words) that explore aging as an anarchist. What challenges have you faced? How have they been impacted by other parts of your identity or by privileges or experiences of oppression? How have you grown as an anarchist over the years? Which political strategies have you adopted, and which have you left behind? We’re looking for writing that’s political, that’s personal, that’s willing to be honest and, at times, unsure.

Please email submissions to seamsandstory@gmail.com with “Strangers Anthology” in the subject line by October 15, 2017. Include a cover letter and paste your submission directly into the body of the email or attach it as a Word document. There’s no minimum submitter age — feel free to send us work if the project resonates with you. Writers whose work is accepted for publication will receive $25 and two hard copies.

While all who self-identify as anarchists are welcome to submit, we’re particularly interested in publishing work by writers of color and by writers who are trans, queer, working class, people with disabilities, undocumented or from immigrant communities, Muslim, women, and others who are too often marginalized in anarchism and publishing.

call for submissions – A World Without A Nation: anarchist and other non-state visions of society.

As we play a leading role in the militant resistance to the rise of fascism, the world’s eyes are on anarchists like they haven’t been in decades. We ought to make the best of that.

By attacking what we despise, we’ve made it clear what we’re against — authoritarianism in all its guises. But we all know that the black bloc and demonstrations are just the tip of the anarchist iceberg. It’s probably time to show the world what else is in that iceberg.

We’re looking for short explorations (500-3000 words) of anarchist and other non-state visions of the future. We believe in a world in which many worlds are possible, so… what do those worlds look like? What do you believe an anarchist-communist society might look like? An anarchist-primitivist society? A green-syndicalist society? A mutualist society? A post-scarcity solarpunk anarchist society? A decolonized society? An anti-state Marxist society? A Christian anarchist society? A Muslim anarchist society? Some other sort of society we haven’t listed here? The only limits are: the society described must be possible without a quantum leap in technology (no Star Trek replicators or uploading our consciousness) and without the die-off of the world’s population; the society must be non-state, non-capitalist, and strive towards the eradication of coercive hierarchy.

The piece can be written as an essay (preferred) or potentially as fiction. It should be written in a non-academic tone and not require the reader to already be familiar with specialized philosophical or political concepts. As with all our publications, we will prioritize contributors with underrepresented voices, including writers of color, and writers who are trans, queer people, working class writers, people with disabilities, undocumented writers or those from immigrant communities, and women writers.

We have editors willing to work with you to articulate your visions. If you have a fairly unique point of view but don’t feel comfortable writing a piece on your own or simply don’t have time, we are willing to work with you to ghostwrite your piece to your specifications.

The deadline for contributions is March 15, but we highly encourage people to send pitches for consideration before writing full pieces.

There is no pay (nor do we pay ourselves)
. The accepted works will be posted on tangledwilderness.org and collected into print (presumably as a zine, but potentially as a book).

Pitches or submissions can be made to editor Margaret Killjoy at magpie@birdsbeforethestorm.net

Call For Submissions: Anarchist Responses to Trump’s Election

Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness is looking for anarchist responses to Trump’s election. Send us nonfiction, fiction, poetry, art, and comics that touch on your reactions to or takes on Trump’s election. The submissions will be published in an upcoming anthology zine.

While all are welcome to submit, we are particularly interested in publishing work by writers of color, and writers who are trans, queer people, working class, people with disabilities, undocumented or from immigrant communities, Muslim, women, or otherwise marginalized in the terrifying reality that is Trumpian America.

Please send all submissions to seamsandstory@gmail.com by Dec. 5, 2016.

Books to Rojava

In our work on the book A Small Key Can Open A Large Door: The Rojava Revolution, we found ourselves collaborating with the remarkable group Rojava Solidarity New York City. They do a lot of great work.

Maybe most importantly, they’re working directly with two different places in Rojava in need of books, including English language books and ebook readers (particularly Kindles). This, then, is a call for solidarity. Rojava Solidarity NYC needs books and it could use more money for the postage to send the books.

The Mesopotamian Social Sciences Academy
The Mesopotamian Social Sciences Academy is the first autonomous university in Rojava. They are looking for non-fiction books on radical history, political science, theory, philosophy and culture. Also, they’re looking for ebook readers (Kindle would be ideal–if you or anyone you know has an old Kindle you’re not using anymore, send it to student in Rojava). They are also looking for server space and web hosting.

The People’s Library of Kobane
The PLK is a library effort started by volunteers after the existing library in Kobane substained damage and was set on fire by ISIS thugs. It will be a place for the young in Kobane to access books and ideas. They are looking for graphic novels, comics, and children’s books, all of which that are somewhat political or at least not reactionary.

Contact
To contact Rojava Solidarity NYC with questions, email them at rojavasolidaritynyc@gmail.com. Books and ebook reader donations can be mailed to:

Rojava Solidarity
c/o The Base
1302 Myrtle Avenue
Bushwick, NY 11221

Announcing These Burning Streets!

Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness is quite happy to announce our latest title, These Burning Streets by Kelly Rose Pflug-Back. The book is a collection of poetry paired with an essay on her experiences thus far with the Canadian prison system. Kelly herself is a rare combination of award-winning poet and militant anti-capitalist street fighter.

On Thursday, Kelly was sentenced to fifteen months in prison for her role in the anti-g20 demonstrations in Toronto after she pleaded guilty to six counts of “mischief” that took the form of busted out police cruiser windows and trashed corporate stores.

We were waiting on her sentencing so the book could accurately reflect the length of her incarceration, but it’s off to the printers and we’re excited to see it back and get it into people’s hands. It bears a foreword by Direct Action veteran Juliet Belmas and praise from a number of influential Canadian poets and activists.

Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness, along with our distributors Combustion Books and AK Press, are dedicated to passing 100% of the profits we receive along to Kelly until she is free of the judicial system.

“…at once a book of windows into fantastical places, an album of love songs for the small things we’ve all forgotten, and a celebratory political manifesto for worlds we’ve yet to imagine… a simply stunning first collection from a wise and talented emerging poet.”
—Leanne Simpson, author of Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence and a New Emergence.

upcoming zine about names and naming in radical cultures

From Strangers zine author Wren Awry:

My friends are a varied bunch: anarchists, activists, punks, artists, musicians and techies. They come from a variety of different backgrounds, gender expressions and political persuasions. But one thing I’ve noticed about my friends that cuts across qualifiers and social groups is that many have chosen new names for themselves.

I love hearing friends’ stories about how they got their names. As I’ve heard more of them, I’ve become increasingly interested in the cultural phenomenon of taking chosen names. Why do radicals often shed the names they were given as children and take on new ones? How is this act fueled by a mainstream American culture where children are named according to entries in baby name dictionaries? What are some of the many reasons radicals choose to reject this culture and name themselves? Conversely, why do some folks feel connected to the names they were given as children and choose to retain them?

This zine will combine cultural histories of naming with interviews and personal narratives. It will not shy away from issues of appropriation and of naming as a way to obscure abusive pasts, but it will also be a celebration of what we have chosen to call ourselves and why.

I’m looking to interview people for this project. Please contact Wren Awry at seamsandstory@gmail.com.

Upcoming book: These Burning Streets

Update: The book is published and available from Combustion Books!

Sometime this summer we’ll be releasing a short book of poetry by political arrestee Kelly Rose Pflug-Back. For those who remain unaware, Kelly was arrested at the G-20 demonstrations in Toronto in 2010 and accused of being the leader of the leaderless Black Bloc. The worst of her charges have been dropped, but she has pleaded guilty to destruction of police and corporate property (I believe the formal charge is “mischief”) and awaits sentencing. Until she is free of the judicial system, we will be selling this book as a fundraiser, with every dollar we receive going directly to support her.

For more about the political repression related to the G-20 in Toronto, we suggest the Toronto Anarchist Black Cross.

For more about Kelly’s poetry, see for example her poem Sweet Mercy, Her Body an Ark of Wild Beasts published by Ideomancer.

Strangers In A Tangled Wilderness reborn

After being mostly-on-hiatus for the past year or so, we’re happy to announce that Strangers In A Tangled Wilderness is back. We’re looking forward to releasing new zines, photo books, regular books, albums, posters, and anything we can think of in our goal to produce the finest in anarchist culture.

Also, we’ve redesigned our website entirely to better allow people to download and/or buy the stuff we make.