While ensuring that I had the email address correct for the review editor at Homofactus Press, I came across their statement about why they provide free downloads of some of their materials online. The concept is basic:
- they are choosing to have faith in their readers to pay when they can afford to
- they want their material to be widely available to people who might not otherwise have access to it
Conservatives call this pinko-commie-socialism, those of us who put people and ideas over profit call it radical humanity.
For those who do not know, Homofactus Press published differently-abled authors from the queer community. Their publishing guidelines and editorial relationship with authors are transparent and based on a model of mutuality and mission. And so far what they have published has included visual, literary, and poetic voices that mine the personal and the praxis of life at the intersections of queerness and dis/ability.
If you have not already, you should check them out. (And if you are one of the differently-abled poets and/or creative writers who reads this blog, you might want to consider sending in some of your work. Publish with people who care about your work and will nurture your voice b/c that is not always an option. Of course, if you are an academic, follow the standard practices for tenure at your institution.)