Joy//Us Poems of Queer Joy Anthology

A project in London, UK by Cherry Jane Potts

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Help us fund the production of our anthology of LGBTQ+ poetry, and the launch and tour!
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Funded: £1,692 of £1,600
Dates: Feb 1st -> Feb 29th (29 days)
Project By: Cherry Jane Potts
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Latest News

more remedies

February 28th - via:
As the poetry prescriptions have been so poular, we asked Poetry Pharmacy if we could have some more, and they kindly said yes, so there are now 10 more available for you to snatch up in the last couple of days of our crowdfund.  (Read More)

What next??? Stretch One - The Tour

February 27th - via:
Having hit our target a couple of days early we are now deep into planning the tour. Our usual method is to target areas where we have a few authors and then anyone esle who can get there joins in. However, this does mean that authors who are... (Read More)

Target reached

February 27th - via:
And just like that, while I was posting on the socials, we hit the target! Thank you, you wonderful people.  Right breakfast, then to start putting some detail on that first stretch target. We've still got 2 1/2 days to go!  (Read More)

Well, this is exciting!

February 27th - via:
In the last 24 hours pledges have been flying in a and we only need a few more pounds to hit the target! Thank you everyone who has pledged so far, you have no idea what it means to us! This book is fundamentally about the richness and variety and... (Read More)

a prescription for joy

February 26th - via:
Our friends at Poetry Pharmacy have shipped our 6 bottles of poetry capsules. This is a pic of the parcel being packed, aren't they gorgeous? Very much looking forward to them arriving! The capsules include poetic remedies to spread joy from poems in... (Read More)

meet the poets part 5: New to Arachne 2

February 24th - via:
We've introduced you to the poets who have offered rewards, the poets we've published before and the debut poets, now the second half of the biggest group, experienced (indeed well-known!) poets who are new to publishing with us. K. Angel (they/them)... (Read More)

Meet the poets part 4: new to Arachne 1

February 23rd - via:
We've introduced you to the poets who have offered rewards, the poets we've published before and the debut poets, now the first half of the biggest group, experienced (indeed well-known!) poets who are new to us. Annie Kerr is a working class lesbian... (Read More)

Introducing the poets part 3 first time poets in print

February 22nd - via:
One of the remarkable things about poetry is that it has such a life off the page, and some of the poets we have included in Joy//Us have shared their work in ways other than in print, or have a creative life aside from poetry. For some this is their... (Read More)

From the other side of the editing table - Jeremy Dixon

February 20th - via:
One of the most unexpected joys of editing an anthology of queer joy poems has been learning the process of how you go about editing an anthology of queer joy poems! When Cherry suggested I co-edit JOY//US: Poems of Queer Joy with her I had only the... (Read More)

not so much an update as a throwback... to choosing the poems

February 19th - via:
One of the things an anthology editor needs is a BIG table. This is the 'finalising' table for Joy//Us - Me shifting poems from pile to pile, while Jeremy took this picture. We spent two days at this, got through a lot of cups of tea and biscuits,... (Read More)

Proofing complete! quotes, barbers and an opinion piece for Diva

February 15th - via:
We don't stand still while we wait for the crowdfund to reach its close. ( I want to say 'wait for it to mature', like a bond  or a fine cheese...) The wonderful Muireann has proofed the book, and raised a few minor inconsistencies in punctuation... (Read More)

for Valentine's day: a sneal peek at some of the poems

February 14th - via:
Queer Joy covers many many causes, but for Valentine's Day let's explore just one: love. The average heartbeat of a woman is/eight beats a minute faster than a man’s/and I feel that in the way she loves me. Desree Took me a long time/to learn/the... (Read More)

Meet the poets: familiar faces

February 13th - via:
These are the poets in Joy//Us who we have published before, although not necessarily their poetry! Alexander Williams is a jazz singer, and host of the popular Dial Up Open Mic Events. In addition to his regular open mics, he stages an LGBT+... (Read More)

Meet the poets, part 1

February 10th - via:
You might like to meet some of the poets, and I'll start with those who have contributed a reward for the crowdfund. I will introduce more poets around another theme as we go along. first up: Becky Brookfield, Joy Howard, K Angel, P Burton-Morgan,... (Read More)

We've added some rewards

February 7th - via:
Since going live with the project we've had some more offers of rewards from our poets. we now have personalised poems, hand-illustrated poems and personalised recordings of poems! only a handful of each, so if you like the sound of it, now's the... (Read More)

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