AngelHousePress Presents NationalPoetryMonth.ca 2021
Dear Friends of AngelHousePress,
NationalPoetryMonth.ca is now online. For 30 days in April we will celebrate visual poetry with 30 works from contributors from 15 countries: Australia, Belgium/Netherlands, Canada, England, Finland, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Nigeria, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, USA.
The work in this year’s collection is kinetic, vibrant, and geometric. Through videos, collages, asemic writing, pictorals, self-portraits, poem-objects, assemblages, erasure, photographs, scans, using paper, ink, old book paper, recycled materials, artist pens, bio-resin, hand-made stamps, graphite, fabric, paint, nailpolish, rocks and shreds of failed poems, our contributors demonstrate the playful and enriching possibilities of visual poetry and poetry itself. Please visit NationalPoetryMonth.ca daily to see what surprises lay in store. I promise you delight, defiance, fuckuppery, noise, stillness, contemplation, trouble, and wonder.
NationalPoetryMonth.ca was created by AngelHousePress in 2009 to celebrate the nation of poetry, a nation which transcends all borders and boundaries. Thanks to this year’s contributors and to all who submitted work.
I wrote this last year, but I’m repeating it again because it is still true: if we are learning anything during this time of crisis, it is that we must rely on each other to survive. While we must continue to physically isolate from one another, we are learning that loneliness can be alleviated by the sharing of art. We are not alone.
Please visit NationalPoetryMonth.ca every day in April for a new work and return to it throughout the year.
AngelHousePress, established in 2007, publishes raw talent, ragged edges and rebels. We publish two online magazines, host a monthly podcast and an essay series. Please visit http://angelhousepress.com/ for more information and to subscribe our mailing list for updates and calls for submission. You can also like us on FaceBook for regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/AngelHousePress/.
Thank you for allowing me the honour of considering your work for NationalPoetryMonth.ca. It’s not something I take lightly. I received 235 submissions and sending out rejections for 205 visual poems is not something I enjoy.
At this time, I won’t be able to offer feedback on your submission, but I wish you every success in placing it elsewhere. To find out about more sites, journals and presses that publish visual poetry, please go to this crowd-sourced, ever-expanding list published by AngelHousePress. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pFMLnPNhvj76cZl6MWW1gtu_77-aigh-v8X0VjE92r4/edit?usp=sharing
I am also always looking for contributions to the AngelHousePress essay series which is published on AngelHousePress.com. The contribution can be a poetic or artistic statement, a rant, manifesto or review or some creative hybrid of any combo thereof. Please query me if you’d like to send me an essay for the series.
You can find out about our calls for submission and publication news by subscribing to the mailing list at AngelHousePress.com and by following our FB page https://www.facebook.com/AngelHousePress/
Warm regards from the 19th floor,
DEADLINE: February 28, 2021
FORMAT: I will respond only to jpg/png or video formats, such as .mov, mp4., .wav
# OF VISUAL POEMS TO SUBMIT: as many as you like
PUBLICATION STATUS: can be previously or currently published/exhibited or on social media - as long as you hold copyright
BIOGRAPHY: 1ST or 3rd person
CONTRIBUTOR PHOTO: optional
WHO CAN SUBMIT: Earthlings everywhere
QUERIES & SUBMISSIONS TO firstname.lastname@example.org
PREFERRED LARGE FILE TRANSFER: WETRANSFER.COM - please use We Transfer instead of Google drive. i can't access Google drive from this account.
The visual poems will be published on NationalPoetryMonth.ca each day in April, 2021 with links shared daily to our FB page https://www.facebook.com/AngelHousePress/ and to my personal Twitter page: @KikiFolle. The work will be online until February 28, 2022.
Visual poems include digital, typewriter, Letraset/rub on letters, stamps, asemic, glitch, collage, altered books, calligraphy, photos of art installations, erasure/black out poetry, textiles, nature, ceramics, performance scores, poem objects, sculptures, handwritten, comics, mixed media, word toys, or anything else you can think of that combines text/elements of language/concepts of language with other media. Surprise me.
Visit NationalPoetryMonth.ca to see site’s parameters and aesthetic considerations. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me. I will send acknowledgements to everyone who submits in the requested format shortly after I receive the work and will send out acceptances and rejections in March.
AngelHousePress began NationalPoetryMonth.ca in 2009 as an alternative to institutionalized celebrations of poetry with the goal of expanding preconceived notions of what poetry is or means. My favourite response to the poetry on NationalPoetryMonth.ca is "this isn't poetry!"
We publish one work each day in April for a total of 30 visual poems. I use the opportunity to discover potential contributors to Experiment-O.com and to our essay series.
We will give preference to submissions by D/deaf and disabled writers, 2SLGBTQ+, women and BIPOC writers. You are welcome to include this information in your biography, if you care to.
AngelHousePress, established in 2007, is a feminist press. We publish and promote raw talent, ragged edges and rebels through NationalPoetryMonth.ca, an annual celebration of poetry in April, Experiment-O.com, an annual online PDF magazine that comes out in the autumn, an online essay series and a podcast, the Small Machine Talks. Please visit AngelHousePress.com for more information, and to sign up to our mailing list to stay informed about calls for submission and activities.
From 2007 to 2019, we published limited edition chapbooks, some of which are still available on AngelHousePress.com (poetry and hybrids); and DevilHousePress.com (prose and hybrids.)
Please share this call!
Happy New Year and thank you to all who contributed and submitted work, purchased, and reviewed chapbooks, and shared our shenanigans in 2020.
Wishing you all love, moments of joy and whimsy, and the strength to get through whatever 2021 sends your way.
yr fallen angel,
Dear Friends of AngelHousePress,
I am happy to present the latest issue of Experiment-O, our annual pdf magazine celebrating the art of risk. This issue is dedicated to the fragile and the flawed, after this quote: “What if language were to remember how fragile it is, and how flawed?” from
Where Things Touch, A Meditation on Beauty, Bahar Orang’s important, delightful and indispensable book, published by Book*Hug in this pandemic year as part of its essai series.
Working on Experiment-O is a year-long process which affords me with the opportunity to learn about the creative work currently being done all over the world , and to engage actively and in depth with the work of artists, poets, visual poets and prose writers both new and familiar to me, to explore beyond my own perceived aesthetic and experiences.
Based on this engagement, every year I invite a dozen or so artists and writers to contribute to the issue. I appreciate the generosity of contributors who have kindly agreed to publish their work in Experiment-O for thirteen years and counting. I am always taken by surprise and heartened by the generous responses of readers, many of whom are discovering the work of these contributors for the first time. This year when it is especially difficult to focus and be attentive to anything at all, I am grateful to contributors and readers for devoting your time and attention to this publication and all the other AngelHousePress activities.
Experiment-O Issue 13 gathers the work of contributors from Australia, Canada, Germany, UK and USA: ReVerse Butcher, Ellen Chang-Richardson, Susan Connolly, Evelyn Eller, Frank Lepold, Jenny McMaster, Khashayar Mohammadi, Neda Omidvar, Imogen Reid, Rachel Small, Rob Thomas, Sylvia Van Nooten and C.R.E. Wells.
I urge you to read their biographies on the back pages of the issue, which will give you links to where you can find out more about them and their work. It is always my hope that reading Experiment-O inspires you to support and promote the work of our contributors, to learn of other creators, and to create art and literature yourself. Experiment-O is part of a larger, ongoing conversation about art and literature, creation, and connection.
The site also contains all twelve previous issues for your reading pleasure.
In these unsettling times, where it is barely possible to have a reason for optimism and when we long for closeness with loved ones again, I hope you will find solace and inspiration in this offering of love, generosity and light. I wish you safety, good health, kindness, and joy.
your fallen angel,
Amanda Earl, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 4, 2020