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Some of us grow up as squares, and some of us grow up as rebels. Sometimes it's the other way around. More so when we grow up feeling different here in the Midwest and elsewhere. And sometimes, when we're done with living with our parents, we rebel and surprise ourselves in the most shocking ways.

In 2012, Squares & Rebels was created by Handtype Press to bring out books initially about the LGBT experience in the Midwest. With the publication of QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, however, S&R has expanded its focus to include books that explore the queer and/or disability experience regardless of one's region of origin.

S&R is unfortunately closed to submissions until February 2020. Our publishing slate for both 2018 and 2019 is full. (However, if you are a Deaf writer, please check out Handtype Press and see whether your project might make a good fit for us. We are still accepting queries there.)

If you're a queer male poet, please consider sending your work for the anthology below.


2019 will be the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth. For those who don’t know who the Good Gray Poet was, he wrote and self-published Leaves of Grass in 1855. His use of free verse and his embrace of overt sensuality along with his depiction of loving “comrades” have proven to be quite influential on poets ever since. Raymond Luczak is editing a new poetry anthology that celebrates and explores the work of not only Walt Whitman but also other queer male poets who’ve lived and died in the last two centuries. Submission guidelines along with a list of possibilities are below. The anthology will appear sometime in 2019.


1. You need to self-identify as a queer/gay/bisexual trans or cis male poet. Writers of color and disabled poets are especially welcome.

2. You can submit up to four poems for a total of eight pages along with a 25-word bio. List the name of the poet being honored and the years lived directly under each poem’s title. (If your work honors a poet not on the list, please include a quick summary of who he was so he can be verified and added to the list.)

3. The poems can be a tribute, an elegy, a memory, an echo of the honored poet’s style, or inspired by some line in his work. (While a focus on Whitman is preferred, the editor is fine with having more than one poem about the same person in the anthology.)

4. The poems should be in a single Word file (.doc or .rtf) and sent to (Submissions are accepted via email only.)

5. If you prefer poets other than Walt Whitman, there’s a long list of dead queer male poets to choose from below. If your favorite poet isn’t on the list, please let us know. (We’ve tried our best to be comprehensive, and we’d love to include more non-American queer male poets to the list.)

6. Reprints will be considered as long as the poet owns the copyright (and lists where it first appeared), but new work is preferred.

7. Because the scope of this project is rather ambitious, there is unfortunately no financial compensation for inclusion of your work; however, each contributor in the anthology will get a copy of the book when it appears. As always, all contributors will retain copyright to their own work.

8. Response time will be approximately two weeks (usually less than that).

9. The deadline is October 31, 2018.

Questions? Please email the editor Raymond Luczak at


Steve Abbott (1943-1992)
Francisco X. Alarcón (1954-2016)
Leopoldo Alas (1852-1901)
Patrick Anderson (1915-1979)
Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990)
Rane Arroyo (1954-2010)
John Ashbery (1927-2017)
W. H. Auden (1907-1973)
James Baldwin (1924-1987)
Robin Blaser (1925-2009)
George Henry Boker (1923-1890)
Edgar Bowers (1924-2000)
Paul Bowles (1910-1999)
Joe Brainard (1942-1994)
John Malcolm Brinnin (1916-1988)
Donald Britton (1951-1994)
James Broughton (1913-1999)
Witter Bynner [Emanuel Morgan] (1881-1968)
Mário de Sá-Carneiro (1890-1916)
Edward Carpenter (1844-1929)
Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933)
Luis Cernuda (1902-1963)
Justin Chin (1969-2015)
Ed Cox (1946-1992)
Hart Crane (1899-1932)
Quentin Crisp (1908-1999)
Count Cullen (1903-1946)
Julián del Casal (1863-1893)
Edwin Denby (1903-1983)
William Dickey (1928-1994)
Melvin Dixon (1950-1992)
Tim Dlugos (1950-1990)
Owen Dodson (1914-1983)
Lord Alfred Douglas (1870-1945)
Robert Duncan (1919-1988)
Jorge Eduardo Elelson (1924-2006)
Michael Estok (1939-1989)
Jim Everhard (1946-1986)
Gideon Ferebee, Jr. (1950-2005)
Robert Friend (1913-1998)
Federico García Lorca (1898-1936)
Chasen Gaver (1953-1989)
Jean Genet (1910-1986)
Stefan George (1868-1933)
Juan Gil-Albert (1904-1994)
Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)
John Glassco (1909-1981)
Paul Goodman (1911-1972)
Thom Gunn (1929-2004)
Joseph Hansen (1923-2004)
Marsden Hartley (1877-1943)
Fitz-Greene Halleck (1790-1867)
Joseph Hansen (1923-2004)
Essex Hemphill (1957-1995)
Christopher Hewitt (1946-2004)
Daryl Hine (1936-2012)
Jim Holmes (1924-1986)
Gerald Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)
A. E. Housman (1859-1936)
Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Gi Hyeong-do (1960-1989)
Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986)
Porfirio Barba Jacob (1883-1942)
Derek Jarman (1942-1994)
Adam Johnson (1965-1993)ß
Maurice Kenny (1929-2016)
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)
James Kirkup (1918-2009)
Mikhail Kuzmin (1872-1936)
Edward A. Lacey (1938-1995)
Douglas LePan (1914-1998)
James Liddy (1934-2008)
José Lezama Lima (1910-1976)
Samuel Loveman (1887-1976)
Michael Lynch (1944-1991)
J. D. McClatchy (1945-2018)
Paul Mariah (1938-1996)
Robert McAlmon (1895-1956)
Claude McKay (1889-1948)
William Meredith (1919-2007)
James Merrill (1926-1995)
Roswell George Mills (1896-1966)
Yukio Mishima (1925-1970)
Paul Monette (1945-1995)
Edwin Morgan (1920-2010)
César Moro [Alfredo Quíspez Asín Mas] (1903-1956)
Howard Moss (1922-1987)
Harold Norse (1916-2009)
Salvador Novo López (1904-1974)
Richard Bruce Nugent (1906-1987)
Ned O’Gorman (1929-2014)
Frank O’Hara (1926-1966)
Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)
Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975)
Néstor Perlongher (1949-1992)
Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935)
Robert Peters (1924-2014)
János Pilinszky (1921-1981)
Virgilio Piñera (1912-1979)
Vytautas Pliura (1951-2011)
William Plomer (1903-1973)
Ralph Pomeroy (1926-1999)
Marcel Proust (1871-1922)
Rene Ricard (1946-2014)
Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891)
Umberto Saba (1883-1957)
Assotto Saint (1957-1994)
Stephen Sandy (1934-2016)
George Santanaya (1863-1952)
Severo Sarduy (1937-1993)
James Schuyler (1923-1991)
Reginald Shepherd (1963-2008)
Ron Schreiber (1934-2004)
Stephen Spender (1909-1995)
Jack Spicer (1925-1965)
Edmund Clarence Stedman (1833-1908)
Ian Stephen (1955-1996)
Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909)
Algernon Swinburne (1837-1909)
John Addington Symonds (1840-1893)
Dunstan Thompson (1918-1975)
Manuel Ulacia (1953-2001)
César Vallejo (1892-1938)
Clayton Valli (1951-2003)
Jack Veasey (1955-2016)
Paul Verlaine (1844-1896)
Willard Austin Wattles (1888-1950)
Burton Weiss (1886-1975)
John Brooks Wheelwright (1897-1940)
John Wieners (1934-2002)
Jonathan Williams (1929-2008)
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)
James L. White (1936-1981)
Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)
Arthur Yap (1943-2006)
Sergei Yesenin (1895-1925)
Jerzy Zawieyski (1902-1969)

How to Query

S&R is unfortunately closed to submissions until February 2020; you can query us at that time. Our publishing slate for both 2018 and 2019 is full.

Squares & Rebels is primarily interested in prose. Short story collections that revolve around a certain era or a place in time would pique our interest, more so if it involves the LGBT community, the disability experience, and/or other intersectionalities. Novellas (approximately 40K words) and nonfiction and/or essay collections (especially of the lyrical variety and approx. 40K words) are also welcome. We are open to publishing the occasional poetry collection, but please keep in mind that such titles should have a focus on history and/or the disability experience for consideration. We publish usually two books a year to allow us plenty of time to work with each writer. Our titles are below. (Of course, your purchases will always be appreciated!)

You may query the publisher about your completed project along with a brief description and the first 25 pages of material. We prefer single-author works only. No proposals for unfinished books, please. Response times may vary, but you are welcome to follow up after a month. The address is below.

Thank you for considering Squares & Rebels.

Our list so far ...

That Was Something: A Novel
written by Dan Callahan

London Skin & Bones: The Finsbury Park Stories
written by Ian Young

It's Just Nerves: Notes on a Disability
written by Kelly Davio

At Danceteria and Other Stories
written by Philip Dean Walker

The Kiss of Walt Whitman Still on My Lips

written by Raymond Luczak

QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology

edited by Raymond Luczak

Lincoln Avenue: Chicago Stories
written by Gregg Shapiro

When We Become Weavers:
Queer Female Poets on the Midwestern Experience

edited by Kate Lynn Hibbard

Queer & Celtic:
On the Irish LGBT Experience

edited by Wesley J. Koster

Among the Leaves:
Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience

edited by Raymond Luczak

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