A new literary magazine to queer up: Alisha Sommer is starting a Kickstarter campaign to fund her new literary journal, Blackberry. By centralizing the work of African-American women, Blackberry aims to “to expose readers to the diversity of the black woman’s experience and strengthen the black female voice in both the mainstream and independent markets”. The inaugural issue, “Skin Deep”, is expected to launch this summer; submissions due March 15.
On projects of a wider scope, the PEN American Center, the ACLU, and director/producer Doug Liman are teaming up together for a reading and film project opposing torture. Through the ongoing Reckoning With Torture project, “ordinary Americans stand side-by-side with actors, writers, and former military interrogators and intelligence officers in a reading of official documents that reveal the scope and cost of America’s post-9/11 torture program.” Go here to find out how to do your own reading.