Arsenal Pulp Press are currently seeking submissions for a yet-to-be-named literary essay anthology that examines our deep and complex relationship with the fibre arts.

Knitting, sewing, embroidery, crochet, lacework, felting, beading and weaving have long been dismissed as “hobbies” or feminine pursuits. Editors Marita Dachsel and Nancy Lee are looking for essays (approx. 2,000 to 5,000 words) that engage fibre arts practice as a lens (positive or negative) through which to examine larger contemporary issues: identity, technology, climate change, personal struggle, politics, family, adventure, relationship, art, science, or any other complexities of life. These essays will challenge the traditional view of crafting and explore the role, purpose, frustration, joy, humour and necessity of fibre arts amidst the alienating pressures of modern life.

They are particularly interested in lived experiences and perspectives historically underrepresented in the fibre arts space, work that challenges the dominant culture view and pushes beyond easy nostalgia and sentimentality to examine the unusual and unexpected. They invite essays that are formally inventive, including graphic forms.

Deadline for submission is April 15th, 2022. Please send submissions to: Contributors selected for publication will receive an honorarium as well as two contributor copies. The anthology will be published in fall 2023 by Arsenal Pulp Press.

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