One of my 2021 goals is to keep a list of my writing activity for each month (here’s last month’s). I do so partly as a form of encouragement for myself–to show that I am still able to do some writing despite the energy-sucking terrors of the pandemic (Which is still going on! Keep wearing masks!)–and partly as an archive that I can look back on in the future. As such, I will include negative happenings (e.g., receiving rejections), not just positive ones.
I think that it is important for me to share my list publicly as a queer disabled writer of color because mainstream discourse tries to either pretend voices such as mine do not exist or actively tries to suppress them. Whether one is part of a marginalized group or not, writing is an essential act of resistance in these terrible times, so I hope that my list offers encouragement to others.
The list is basically in chronological order.
1. Wrote a haiku or senryu on most mornings.
2. Submitted ten poems to Frogpond.
3. Accepted an invitation to be one of the featured artists at the 2023 Cincinnati Mennonite Arts Weekend.
4. Updated the Mennonite/s Writing Bibliographies website.
5. Updated my AWP member profile.
6. Had a chapbook of haiku and senryu that I submitted to a contest last month turned down, though I did receive some helpful feedback on the poems.
7. Had a laudatory review of my book, Queering Mennonite Literature, published in Religion & Literature 52.2 (2020): 164-67 (which just came out despite the publication date). The review is by Maxwell Kennel.