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A Gathering of the Tribes

A Gathering of the Tribes A Gathering of Tribes provides a platform for diverse, traditionally under-represented artists and writers, amplifying the emerging and established revolutionary voices of our time.

Established in 1991 as a multi-cultural arts organization (and incorporated as a 501 C3 nonprofit in 1993), Tribes is committed to honoring and memorializing our founder, Steve Cannon’s life and legacy. Under the leadership of Executive Director, Chavisa Woods, A Gathering of the Tribes is presenting literary events, and publishing new poetry, fiction, and more at www.tribes.org

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04/01/2022

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The Whitney Biennial, 2022c Quiet as it’s Kept.
03/31/2022

The Whitney Biennial, 2022c Quiet as it’s Kept.

03/31/2022
Another thing, we've been aptly keeping quiet as possible, A Gathering of the Tribes will be hosting a two-day Marathon ...
03/24/2022
A Gathering of the Tribes: Marathon Reading

Another thing, we've been aptly keeping quiet as possible, A Gathering of the Tribes will be hosting a two-day Marathon reading opening weekend at the Whitney Biennial, featuring nearly 100 Tribes poets, authors and performers, in a massive durational performance celebrating Steve Cannon's amazing legacy of radical inclusion, provocation, avant-guardianship, and the intellectual/creative spirit that is the lifeblood of this diverse community.

https://whitney.org/events/a-gathering-of-the-tribes-marathon-reading-apr-8

This two-day marathon poetry reading honors the history of A Gathering of the Tribes. Founded in 1991 by poet and artist Steve Cannon, Tribes provides a platform for traditionally under-represented artists and writers, amplifying the emerging and established revolutionary voices of our time.

Check out these two poems by Adrian Arancibia, founder of the seminal Chicano/Latino performance poetry collective Taco ...
03/16/2022

Check out these two poems by Adrian Arancibia, founder of the seminal Chicano/Latino performance poetry collective Taco Shop Poets. Born in Iquique, Chile (1971), Arancibia is the co-editor of the Taco Shop Poets Anthology: Chorizo Tonguefire (Chorizo Tonguefire Press).

https://www.tribes.org/tribesorgpoetry-1/adrian-arancibia

#poetry #poetryisnotdead #contemporarypoetry #litmag #tacoshoppoets #Adrianarancibia

Check out this new poem by Cat Newton, “Sometimes I Feel My Heartbeat in My Hands”#poetry #catnewton #poetryisnotdead #c...
02/13/2022
Cat Newton — Tribes

Check out this new poem by Cat Newton, “Sometimes I Feel My Heartbeat in My Hands”

#poetry #catnewton #poetryisnotdead #contemporarypoetry #litmag

https://www.tribes.org/tribesorgpoetry-1/cat-newton

Sometimes I Feel My Heartbeat in My Hands Sometimes I feel my heartbeat in my hands  and I remember that I am here and I am real and I am alive.  Blood pumping, lungs circulating;  heart beating in my hands.  Sometimes I catch myself worryi

Check out this new poem by Violeta Orozco, author of the forthcoming Stillness in the Land of Speed: “La Aparecida”#poem...
02/12/2022
Violeta Orozco — Tribes

Check out this new poem by Violeta Orozco, author of the forthcoming Stillness in the Land of Speed: “La Aparecida”

#poem #litmag #violetaorozco #contemporarypoetry

https://www.tribes.org/tribesorgpoetry-1/violeta-orozco

LA APARECIDA The neighbor told us she came to say goodbye twenty-five years later she knocked on the same door imagining someone should be living there still.   But no one answered not even a dog rushed out to meet her like before   she could have come six month

Check out this new poem by Meredith Trede, whose journal publications include The Paris Review: “Gifted Girls”#writing #...
02/11/2022
Meredith Trede — Tribes

Check out this new poem by Meredith Trede, whose journal publications include The Paris Review: “Gifted Girls”

#writing #poetrylovers #poetryisnotdead #meredithtrede

https://www.tribes.org/tribesorgpoetry-1/meredith-trede

Gifted Girls Three-room walk-ups in red-brick tenements, walls swollen by years of lead paint, living room sofa-beds, fathers who spoke too little, mothers who cleaned too much. We rode the el to our school for gifted girls. Every word they fed you ate. I couldn’t swallow, too full

Check out these two new poems by Melba Joyce Boyd, recipient of the Library of Michigan Notable Books Award for Poetry: ...
02/10/2022
Melba Joyce Boyd — Tribes

Check out these two new poems by Melba Joyce Boyd, recipient of the Library of Michigan Notable Books Award for Poetry: “A Poet’s Poet” and “Ever Vigilant”

#poems #americanpoetry #melbajoyceboyd

https://www.tribes.org/tribesorgpoetry-1/melba-joyce-boyd

A Poet’s Poet for Naomi Long Madgett (1923-2020) Sun streams  between autumn  leaves like glittering  lights on a Christmas  tree when a crescent  moon peers between  gathering clouds as we call your name in funeral refrain,

Check out these two new poems by Yuan Changming, editor of Poetry Pacific: “Thought in Levy Flight” and “Chopstick Comma...
02/10/2022
Yuan Changming — Tribes

Check out these two new poems by Yuan Changming, editor of Poetry Pacific: “Thought in Levy Flight” and “Chopstick Commandments”

#poetry #litmags #yuanchangming

https://www.tribes.org/tribesorgpoetry-1/yuan-changming

Thought in Levy Flight Where’s Allen going? Pacific. Today is Wed. My old  Flame is sleeping, waiting to have her GGN removed From her lungs to stamp out cancer. Poetry. Something Good to pop up down the road? No luck is good luck Choices Market where to work soon until 10:13 pm

Check out these two new poems by Kyle Dargan, recipient of the 2019 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize:  “THEY DON’T WANT IT” ...
02/09/2022
Kyle Dargan — Tribes

Check out these two new poems by Kyle Dargan, recipient of the 2019 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize: “THEY DON’T WANT IT” and “DEAR DYSTOPIA”

#poetry #contemporarypoetry #kyle dargan #literarymagazine

https://www.tribes.org/tribesorgpoetry-1/kyle-dargan

THEY DON’T WANT IT They say they don’t want any poems about how it’s been  the same year for two years. About how we’ve grown tired of the days’ slow wine, though their pressing against our pelvises was the only touch sanctioned without gloves or masks. They say they don

Check out the newest poetry at A Gathering of the Tribes Online: https://www.tribes.org/poetry with Kyle Dargan, Yuan Ch...
02/03/2022

Check out the newest poetry at A Gathering of the Tribes Online: https://www.tribes.org/poetry with Kyle Dargan, Yuan Changming, Melba Boyd, Meredith Trede, Violeta Orozco, and Cat Newton.

We are excited and proud to announce, A Gathering of the Tribes is being featured in the upcoming 2022 Whitney Museum Bi...
01/26/2022

We are excited and proud to announce, A Gathering of the Tribes is being featured in the upcoming 2022 Whitney Museum Biennial!
This exhibition (opening April 6th) will feature many objects from Tribes Archives, currently owned by the Fales Library, as well as works by David Hammons (who has long served on the Tribes board).

Most importantly, this exhibition will honor the incomparable legacy of our founder, Steve Cannon, and celebrate the ongoing work of A Gathering of the Tribes which provides a platform and resources to traditionally under-represented, revolutionary artists and writers.

#whitneybiennial2022 #quietasitskept

We are excited to finally announce, A Gathering of the Tribes is being featured in the upcoming 2022 Whitney Museum Bien...
01/25/2022
Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept

We are excited to finally announce, A Gathering of the Tribes is being featured in the upcoming 2022 Whitney Museum Biennial.
This exhibition (opening April 6th) will feature many objects from Tribes Archives, currently owned by the Fales Library, as well as works by David Hammons (who has long served on Tribes board.)

Most importantly, this exhibition will honor the incomparable legacy of our founder, Steve Cannon, and celebrate the ongoing work of A Gathering of the Tribes which provides a platform and resources to traditionally under-represented, revolutionary artists and writers.

https://whitney.org/exhibitions/2022-biennial

The Whitney Biennial was introduced in 1932 by the Museum’s founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Established to chart developments in art of the United States, it is the longest-running exhibition of its kind. To date, more than 3,600 influential and innovative artists have participated in a Whit...

01/19/2022

“It’s very hard for people to give up feeling appropriate. […] A lot of injustice happens because people are afraid of being inappropriate.” - Sarah Schulman

Watch: Eva H.D. in conversation with Sarah Schulman

See the full video (https://youtu.be/MjACs0gPdes) and read Eva H.D's review of 'LET THE RECORD SHOW - A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993' (https://www.tribes.org/features-1/2021/11/29/acting-out-how-to-take-on-an-epidemic-and-the-politics-that-rule-the-business-of-curing)

Check out two new poems by the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: https://www.tr...
01/17/2022
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers — Tribes

Check out two new poems by the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: https://www.tribes.org/tribesorgpoetry-1/honore-fanonne-jeffers

#TheLoveSongsOfWEBDuBois #honoreefanonnejeffers

flying home: igbo landing  after lionel hampton when i tell you  how our skin will reflect off water how our bones won’t sink i know you’ll understand not everyone has lived with screaming fits & carved-face visions this time our dreams  snappin

01/12/2022
Eva H.D. in conversation with Sarah Schulman

“This is true in every part of life: There are rules that are there to keep people in power, and if you’re outside of those rules—first they tell you that those rules are the reason you can’t get in, and then if you break the rules, they tell you that breaking the rules is the reason you can’t get in. But you can’t get in either way, so you might as well break the rules.”
- Sarah Schulman

See Eva H.D.'s full conversation with Sarah Schulman here:
https://www.tribes.org/features-1/eva-hd-in-conversation-with-sarah-schulman

01/08/2022
Start your New Year off right and check out the new poetry live on Tribes Magazine Online! Featuring new work from Honor...
01/06/2022

Start your New Year off right and check out the new poetry live on Tribes Magazine Online! Featuring new work from Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Nancy Mercado, Rachel Mallalieu, Adrián Arancibia, Tom Obrzut, and Benin Lemus.

https://tribes.org/poetry

#poetryisnotdead #poetrylovers

12/31/2021
Tribes: Donate

There is still one day left to get in for year-end donation.

Over the last theee weeks, we’ve raised more than $40,000 for A Gathering of the Tribes ongoing programs with help from major donors like David Hammons, Kati Duncan, Andy Mims, Hilary Maslon and the Christopher and David Murray Fund of the Stonewall Community Foundation, as well as through support from numerous small donors.

Whether it’s $10 or $1000, your help is deeply appreciated. Tribes could not continue without support from the public.

A registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, we  published more than 100 new, original works by contemporary and diverse poets and writers, including fiction, reviews, poetry and personal essays. We enjoy a readership of approximately 50k individuals, annually, bringing the work of traditionally under-represented authors to a wide audience.

Through commissions of new poetry, prose and visual art, as well as stipends for volunteer work, and live readings, Tribes has distributed more than $20,000 to contemporary artists and writers of diversity in the last year alone.

I hope you will consider lending your support. Happy new year from all of us at A Gathering of the Tribes!!

https://secure.squarespace.com/checkout/donate?donatePageId=60df57b02f79e266c014aef9

"If H.D.’s poems tend toward existential bleakness, then Townend’s photos pull us back from the brink. Skillfully skirti...
12/22/2021
Beautiful Assassins — Tribes

"If H.D.’s poems tend toward existential bleakness, then Townend’s photos pull us back from the brink. Skillfully skirting the sublime, his images lend the beauty to her poetry as they both quietly carry out the hit. From there, the hybrid haiku is born: Light Wounds is a most beautiful assassin."

Read "BEAUTIFUL ASSASSINS" a review by #barbarapurcell on Tribes Magazine Online now!
https://www.tribes.org/features-1/beautiful-assassins

#lightwounds #kendalltownend #evahd #literarymagazine

A Review by Barbara Purcell “Like beauty and state sponsored assassins, haiku are hiding out in plain sight all around us.” This, according to the coauthors of Light Wounds , a crowdfunded collection of hybrid haikus published earlier this year. Toronto photographer Kendall Townend and poet Ev

TONIGHT at Book Club  Bar:Poetry in New YorkThurs, Dec 16 8:00-10:00 PMClick here for more info: https://www.eventbrite....
12/16/2021

TONIGHT at Book Club Bar:

Poetry in New York

Thurs, Dec 16 8:00-10:00 PM

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Upcoming live event at Book Club
Galinsky presents: Poetry in New York
Thursday, Dec 16, 2021 - 8:00 pm - 10:00pm

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poetry-in-new-york-thur-dec-16-8pm-wtennessee-reed-bob-holman-galinsky-tickets-215942318287

#bookclubbar #galinsky #tennesseereed #bobholman

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We're excited to announce the 2021 grant recipients of the Literary Magazine Fund, given in alliance with the Amazon Literary Partnership: A Gathering of the Tribes, African Voices Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, Belt Publishing & Belt Magazine, The Common, Electric Literature, Kweli Journal, MANOA Journal, Mizna, Narrative Magazine, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, One Story, Slice Literary, The Oxford American magazine, The Paris Review, Tupelo Quarterly & ZYZZYVA Literary Magazine:
Evergreen contributor Caoimhe Harlock has a new short story in A Gathering of the Tribes about "trans witchcraft, rural sadness, sisterhood, and doing magic in graveyards"—check it out below! https://www.tribes.org/new-blog/2021/3/2/in-the-next-issue-of-teen-witch
Hello! We've extended our deadline to December 1st. Story specs: five pages written, ten minutes audio/video. Prizes include review by panel of authors, activists, and actors, signed copies of books, cash, and publication in an anthology of Native resilience. The link is here:
I hope that you will tune into the Brooklyn Rail's The New Social Environment this Tuesday. We’re going to be discussing the history of the artist run nonprofit A Gathering of the Tribes, sharing stories about Tribes and Steve Cannon, and discussing how the time of COVID is shaping arts programming. https://brooklynrail.org/events/2020/10/06/a-gathering-of-the-tribes/?fbclid=IwAR2Nbo2sy0_sPKsWKX7snpZVW-pvkj2eD5B99-Py--qVkWQInOv6bWE20ns
Tribes submissions are open.
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A true poet that understands that we are always history. Read Danny Shot's new poem featured in A Gathering of the Tribes' Virtual Open Mic. https://www.tribes.org/first-round/2020/4/9/danny-shot-2rf8p-lx8ky-wdtzh