The idea for Chronotope has been simmering for a long time. When looking for homes for my own work, I’ve always been surprised by how few publications exist with a central mission to celebrate queer voices. I find myself constantly hungry for queer art; plenty is created, but far less of it is highlighted or amplified. So I made more space to do so.
Queerness is more visible and accepted than ever before—to such an extent that, for many queer people, it feels like a long-fought war has been won. But that’s just the bare minimum. Being seen is just the beginning. Now we need to use that visibility to speak out: to share our experiences, our emotions, our longings, our failings, and everything in-between.
Art is important because it allows us to watch the world through someone else’s eyes, if just for a few moments. We find pieces of ourselves in these words and images and sounds, if we’re lucky. We understand the world in otherwise inaccessible ways. Through art we can see ourselves in new ways, too.
The poems and stories here cover a wide range of queerness: queer physicality, queer love, queer politics, queer monsters, and queer longing (to name a few). Their images are lively and intense and wonderful, and I’m so glad that I have the opportunity to help share them.
So this is my hope: that the words and images within these pages will allow queer voices to be heard and understood; and that you, too, might find some piece of yourself here.
Thank you for reading.