CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for Around This Fire 6:

We recently published Kanyinsola Olorunnisola’s brilliant digital chapbook, In My Country, We’re All Crossdressers, and are now opening submissions effective immediately for poems to be considered for our next response chapbook, Around This Fire 6.

ALL ATF6 SUBMISSIONS MUST FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES: Poetry submissions must be in the body of an email addressed to, and MUST have “ATF6 Submission” in the subject line of the email. In the email, please include your bio statement and up to four response poems. Each poem should include a line beneath the title to show which poem(s) in Kanyinsola Olorunnisola’s chapbook inspired it. Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered for inclusion. Submissions close on July 15, 2018 — we look forward to reading your responses!

Download read, and send us something in response! In My Country, We’re All Crossdressers

We’d like to encourage both new and prior poetry contributors to send something in. To help get you in the right frame of mind, here’s a poem we’ve already accepted that will be also be included in Around This Fire 6:

by Ifunanya Angelique

Explaining to new generation Africans
how historical works of their motherland
is not just a mile away
but seven seas apart, in a stolen items house
across oceans
their ancestors were thrown into
by the colonizers
to ease the weight of their boats
across oceans
their ancestors jumped into
rather than becoming enslaved
across oceans
still bloated with untold stories of history
stuck in the throat of the sea.


Ifunanya Angelique was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She is a writer and poet. Ifunanya hopes to use her writing to ‘break chains’, especially the chains which have, for a long time, bound people who look like her. She is the president of the eating nation and an overseer of all the good food in the world. A number of her works have been released on reputable blogs.

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