Vetch: A Magazine of Trans Poetry and Poetics celebrates the release of its third issue (“Rewriting and Ecphrasis”), featuring new poems by Ching-In Chen, Cam Awkward-Rich, Allison Parrish, Charlie Bondhus, Trish Salah, Anna Anthropy, Kamden Hilliard, Wo Chan, and other outstanding writers. The work collected in this issue has in common its formal relationship to derivative composition. As we wrote in our call for submissions:
The cissexist demand that trans people continually authenticate our experiences of gender carries with it the implication that such experiences are parodic or artificial. In a writerly and artistic context, this demand translates itself into an aesthetic imperative to authenticate ourselves as trans writers, often by appealing to familiar tropes of gendered narratives. In this issue we want to confront this social demand and collectively negate it by embracing formal techniques of derivative and secondary composition.
The contributors to the present issue emphatically respond to this challenge. We’re celebrating the release of the issue with a reading by present and past contributors of ferocious and unflinching work. Come out to hear some remarkable writers take down culture for the hell of it.
Maxe Crandall is a poet and playwright based in Brooklyn, NY. His play Together Men Make Paradigms (Yo-Yo Labs) was a finalist for the Leslie Scalapino Award, and he has received fellowships from Poets House, the Poetry Project, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.
Allison Parrish is a computer programmer, poet and game designer whose teaching and practice address the unusual phenomena that blossom when language and computers meet. She holds a master's degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she is currently a member of the full-time faculty.
Charlie Bondhus’s second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won the 2013 Main Street Rag Award and the 2014 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. Their work has appeared in Poetry, The Missouri Review, Columbia Journal, The Bellevue Literary Review, and Copper Nickel. They are assistant professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College (NJ), poetry editor at The Good Men Project, and the Coordinator of the Publishing Triangle’s Trans/Gender Variant Literature Award.
Hal Schrieve had a Virginia Woolf phase, then majored in history at the University of Washington. He has had poetry and art in Vetch and is featured in the upcoming anthology Nerve Endings from Instar Press. He is working on either finding an agent or self-publishing his first novel, which is about a genderqueer zombie and a lesbian werewolf living in a police state.