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Queering Activism in Wood Buffalo

This book project seeks to explore the intersections of being queer* and doing activism in Wood Buffalo/ᓂᐢᑕᐋᐧᔮᐤ/nistawâyâw. We wish to create a space for exploring, reflecting, and celebrating these experiences, including the specific challenges and opportunities of queering activism in the region. We encourage works from artists and non-artists alike, thinkers, activists, community members, organizers, and beyond. We encourage submissions from BIPOC, neurodivergent people, people with disabilities, those managing their mental health, immigrants and refugees, and those with other intersecting identities. The following topics are of particular interest (though this list is far from exhaustive):

  • Resistance, Social Justice, & Human Rights
  • Community Building & Life in Wood Buffalo
  • Identity, Representation, & Belonging

We invite submissions of diverse works on the theme above in the form of prose, essays, poetry, stories, photography, or artwork. Once complete, please submit a copy or photograph of your work to the coeditors, Caitlin Downie ([email protected]) & Tara Joly ([email protected]) by April 9th, 2021.

Selected submissions will form a collection for publishing.

If preferred, pseudonyms may be used.

*The term queer is used here with the intention to include all non-heteronormative identities; to acknowledge the vast identities outside of cisgender and heterosexual such as those who are Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, aromantic, intersex, pansexual, polyamorous, non-binary, and/or genderqueer.