big changes at blood tree
meet your new editors!
As of issue 05, Blood Tree Literature is pleased to welcome three talented and accomplished authors to our editorial staff.
genre submissions now accepted
Going forward, we will now be accepting genre submissions including a hybrid category for all works that defy definition. Check out our submissions page to see how our guidelines have changed.
We have reduced our submission fees to $3 across the board. Yay! In addition to this change, a feedback option has been added to each form for your respective editor to provide you with necessary commentary, suggestions and/or praise for your piece for a donation of $15.
new in contributor books
“It is an attempt at reconciling growing up in the shadow of the AIDS crisis with the realities of PrEP and 21st Century LGBTQ+ culture. It is about finding personal balance in the face of the limits of gender and sexuality. This is a book for anyone who has felt out of sync with mainstream cultures, queer or not.”
“Zeena / Zenobia Speaks engages in the essential lyric task of giving voice to the voiceless. In these poems, the taciturn meets the turn of well-wrought lines that wring meaning from the quiet sufferings of Wharton’s iconic character. Wharton’s Zeena emerges in complexity and depth, her suppressed cry released and shaped in poems of potent imagery and clipped syntax that ‘can manage the weight of snow’ and the ‘threat of fire.’”
These stories portray hardships of characters who come from a variety of backgrounds, especially Native Americans and others from the Pacific Coast. With his vivid descriptions of these characters and their experiences, Williams explores their psyches and personal struggles, but common themes tie these stories together in ways that invite readers to see their own struggles and relationships in new ways.
Like Whitman listening to Kraftwerk, Michael J. Wilson’s A Child of Storm fuses the incandescent pulse of the forest with vivid projections of the life of Nikola Tesla. These currents turn together, a luminous aurora of sap, electricity, biography, and ecology in this profound collection of poems.
Towards the end of 2017, Spaceboy Books, a publisher of fine science fiction, released a book called My Shadow Book by someone named Maawaam and edited by Jordan A. Rothacker. Primarily a publisher of fiction, this addition to the Spaceboy catalog is perhaps mysteriously something more than fiction.
"According to poet, essayist, and collagist Uche Nduka, 'This splendid poet's concerns are aesthetically laid bare here—politics, love, philosophy, autobiography, homage. His commitment to his art manifests in chiseled language, brilliant imagery, varied forms, questions, affirmations, heartfelt rebellion...'"
The essence of a miscellany of diverse things is not merely to catalog a wunderkammer of everyday objects, but moreover to hold up a double mirror: one to reveal the interior lives of objects, and another to reflect the depths of their creators and owners.