Litmus Press 2016 First Book Open Call

We are thrilled to announce that we will be publishing SIR by Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, and The Paper Camera by Youmna Chlala in the Fall of 2017.

Out of the many innovative and inspiring submissions, Hinkle and Chlala’s manuscripts stood out as timely and resonant with the mission of Litmus Press. The cross-genre SIR articulates an intimate familial history that speaks urgently to the vulnerability of the black male body in the ongoing crisis of U.S. racial politics. Multi-lingual and hybrid in form, The Paper Camera speaks to the porousness and fragility of a body at risk, in flux, yet deftly moving through the liminal spaces of home and language.

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is an interdisciplinary poet, writer, visual artist, and performer. Her artwork and experimental writing have been exhibited and performed at The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, Project Row Houses, and The Hammer Museum. Her writing has been featured in the literary journalObsidian, In-Process Inventory Press, Not That But This, and the forthcoming anthology Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics.

Youmna Chlala’s work as a writer and an artist investigates the relationship between fate and architecture. She was born in Beirut and is currently an Associate Professor at the Pratt Institute. She is the recipient of a Joseph Henry Jackson Award and has published in Guernica, Bespoke, CURA, MIT Journal for Middle Eastern Studies, Bahithat: Journal of Lebanese Women Researchers and XCP: Journal of Cross Cultural Poetics, among others.

Honorable Mentions
We would also like to acknowledge three manuscripts that were particularly compelling in our final round of discussions:

After Party by Rocket Caleshu
A Map Projected on a Body by Rocío Carlos
Tongue Like The Knife by Omotara James