On the Storm / In the Struggle: poets on survival

From the LCP Chapbook Series

edited by Adebe DeRango-Adem

Deadline to submit: April 30, 2022


LCP invites submissions for an upcoming chapbook featuring poems on/about the struggle to survive: to survive both history as well as present crises, and what it means to “make it through.”

What might survival sound or look like to us in our daily lives? Is it loud, refusing silence, demanding action? Or quiet, interior? What does surviving feel like in the body, this long into the pandemic? What techniques have helped us exist, continue to bear witness, learn to live with illness, grief, pain? Is survival the continual interrogation of inequity and oppressive structures? What happens when we get tired of fighting?

Survival may very well be a composite of things; both a tending to one’s inner life and to the processing of life events, as well as the will to act, retrieve momentum. It is also a plurality/multiplicity of practices that serve to keep us well—as persons and with respect to our communities, the ongoing project of social justice/civil rights, which involves everyone. How could we think of survival as community, even as we are forced to survive apart? How does a survival against differ from a surviving with? Is it possible to frame the imagination as a mechanism of survival—the will, for example, to imagine living in a world where we can all thrive and be who we are? Is surviving always a matter of “resilience” or resistance, or can it also be the ability to dream of a world of peace?

Struggle is the complex prism through which many of us experience and interpret our reality. This collection reckons with the reality that we are living through unprecedented times: people have lost homes, livelihoods, and even their own lives due to Covid-19. Many of us have been set adrift, uncertain about the future or how to survive the road ahead. This chapbook seeks poems that meaningfully engage with struggle in such a way, to quote bell hooks (rest in power) in Art On My Mind, “that we create collective awareness of the radical place that art occupies within the freedom struggle and of the way in which experiencing art can enhance our understanding of what it means to live as free subjects in an unfree world.”

BIPOC poets/poets with lived experience of (the interlocking webs of) oppression and/or structural disadvantage are strongly encouraged to send in their work. While oppression is not limited to the experience of these diverse communities, poems poised to address the challenges and complexities of anticolonial struggle/identities that have arisen out of resistance will be given precedence.

Submissions are open! The deadline to submit is April 30, 2022.

Submission guidelines:

  • Submissions are open to Canadian citizens and poets living and/or practicing in Canada.
  • All submissions must be in DOC, DOCX or PDF format.
  • Poetry submissions may consist of one to three previously unpublished (print or online) poems in any style (including prose poems).
  • Length is flexible, though poems longer than 2 pages will be considered only if they are of exceptional quality. Poems longer than 4 pages cannot be considered.
  • Please complete the form in its entirety. If you have trouble with the form, contact admin@poets.ca
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. If your piece is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately.
  • Selected poets will receive a $25 honorarium per selected poem.


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About Adebe DeRango-Adem

Adebe DeRango-Adem is a writer whose work has been published in sources such as The Claremont ReviewCV2, the Toronto Star, Room Magazine, and Cosmonauts Avenue. She is a former attendee of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (Naropa University), where she mentored with poets Anne Waldman and Amiri Baraka to produce her debut book of poems, Ex Nihilo (Frontenac House, 2010), a text that considers how art can respond to the annihilation of particular identities struggling to exist in an impossibly post-racial world.  In the same year of its publication, Ex Nihilo became a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the world’s largest prize for writers under thirty.

Adebe DeRango-Adem is also the editor, with Andrea Thompson, of Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out (Inanna Publications, 2010), an anthology of art & writing that explores the question of how mixed-race women in North America identify in the twenty-first century.

Her second poetry collection, Terra Incognita (Inanna Publications, 2015), creatively explores various racial discourses and interracial crossings both buried in the grand narratives of history and the everyday experiences of being mixed-race. Poems from the collection were longlisted for the 2016 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, judged by award-winning poet Claudia Rankine. Terra Incognita was also nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her most recent collection, The Unmooring, was published in 2018 by Mansfield Press. A poem from the collection was featured in the 2019 Poem-In-Your-Pocket anthology, co-created by the League of Canadian Poets and the Academy of American Poets. She served as the 2019-20 Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence with Twelve Literary Arts, in Cleveland, Ohio.

About the LCP Chapbook Series

The LCP Chapbook Series publishes fresh and exceptional Canadian poetry guided by various themes and forms to increase visibility and recognition for the various identities and intersections that contribute to the vibrant Canadian poetry community.

Collections from the LCP Chapbook Series are produced in a limited run and are lovingly hand-sewn by Nic Brewer.