This month Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora will begin our transition to an online journal. We are working on our brand new website and our first online edition.
To submit your work to Obsidian please visit our Submissions page
Call for Papers
OBSIDIAN: Literature in the African Diaspora JAZZ ISSUE
Jazz poetry delivers keenly the feelings, sounds, compositional genius, performance, politics, history, and creative spirit reflected in this music – all the way from Langston Hughes’ “Jazzonia” and “Ask Your Mama” to the jazz poetry collection Jazz Fan Looks Back by Jayne Cortez. Recent examinations by T.J. Anderson (Notes Make the Sound Come Right: Four Innovators of Jazz Poetry), Meta DuEwa Jones (The Muse is Music: Jazz Poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to Spoken Word), Jennifer D. Ryan (Post-Jazz Poetics: A Social History), Jean-Phillippe Marcoux (Jazz Griots: Music as History in the 1960s African American Poem), and continuously available anthologies point to a long and important literary tradition. Lest we forget the essential “Coltrane poem” scripted by many, especially Michael Harper, Sonia Sanchez, Gil Scott-Heron, Haki Madhubuti, Larry Neal, and Amiri Baraka among so many others.
Submissions are now being accepted for the online Jazz Issue of Obsidian to be released in Fall 2014. Poetry, short fiction, essays, digital video of jazz poetry performances/spoken word, and visual art are all welcomed to this improvisation. Deadline April 30, 2014.
To submit work for this issue vist the Jazz Issue Submissions Page