Call for Submissions
Alan Pelaez Lopez (México), Editor
The editor invites contributions to a multi-genre anthology (Our Diaspora) that brings together narratives of the African Diaspora written, edited and illuminated by and for formerly and currently Black/Afro undocumented individuals living in the United States.
We are at a state of emergency within the Black community: a state of emergency in which the average life of a Black transgender women is 35 years; a state of emergency where it’s normal to see videos of police brutality against Black youth; a state of emergency where anti-Blackness is evident in every community, including all communities of color; we are at a state of emergency where the voices of Black individuals need to be heard.
There are over 400,000 undocumented African migrants in the United States and thousands more undocumented and formerly undocumented migrants that identify with the African diaspora that haven’t been heard. Our voices have been appropriated by white academics, U.S.-born citizens, non-profit organizations and news reporters, but it is time we claim our space.
There is no literary piece that brings together individuals from the African diaspora that happen to be, or have been, undocumented in the United States, engaging in a collective healing process. As editor, I understand that this is not an easy, and at times, “safe” topic to unpack, but we have a community out there that’s itching for representation.
The hope is that this collection of writings will serve as a living document of our ancestral traumas, our voices, our needs, our truths, and inspire personal and institutional transformation that will abolish the deep rooted anti-Blackness sentiments in immigration policy from the United States to France to the Dominican Republic to Myanmar.
The anthology seeks to answer:
- How are the experiences of Black undocumented individuals creating a narrative of refusal of the settler colonial state, White Supremacy, and hetero-patriarchy in the United States and across international borders?
- How has Blackness influenced the immigrant rights movements in the United States?
- How have Black undocumented transgender, gender-queer and gender non-conforming migrants created narratives of resistance that parallel to the resistance seen throughout the crossing of the middle passage?
- How do Black undocumented migrants construct both sexual and gender identities that contradict normative views of masculinity and “good” manners?
- In what ways has undocumented migration been one of the results of the transatlantic slave trade?
- What do you have to say to your younger Black self?
- What is your analysis of the anti-Blackness crisis in the Dominican Republic? The United States? France? Myanmar?
- During the outbreak of #BlackLivesMatter where were you? Where weren’t you? How was it engaging in conversations with your community and or family members that may not identify as Black?
- Creative non-fiction narratives
- Photojournalism pieces
- Spoken Word: Must submit both video and written piece
- Critical essays that involve research in any field of study: You must send a 150 word abstract
As a disclosure, we are prioritizing submissions of interviews between Black (un)documented migrants on the issues of slavery and coming to terms with a Black identity; as well as submissions that deal with the intersecting identities of Black transgender lives and the identities of being Black and with disabilities. You must send a 150 word abstract of the purpose of the interview to the editors.
What we are looking for from contributors:
We invite our contributors to not hold back or censor their work— we want them to be unapologetic and share their Truths. If submitting, we ask that you do not italicize words in another language and that you use “Black” and “Indigenous” (with a capital B and capital I) instead of “black” and “indigenous” (with lower case b and i). We also ask that your work is inclusive of those that do not benefit from the cis-hetero-able colonial power earned during birth.