A Space for Women of the World
We are now OPEN for submissions for our next issue to be guest edited by Ramona Beltrán
DEADLINE for Issue 6 is January 29, 2016
Recent events around the country have illuminated the insidious and pernicious experiences of racism facing students and faculty of color in institutions of higher education. Despite a national discourse heralding inclusive excellence in universities, these institutions have yet to embody the praxis of inclusivity. Instead, students of color as well as faculty and staff of color often regularly experience verbal assaults, harassment, microaggressions and a general feeling of isolation and lack of culturally responsive support. In terms of the experience of faculty, much has been documented specifically regarding the lived experiences of institutionalized oppression faced by women of color faculty . A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education described the impact of “invisible labor” for minority professors, particularly women of color, as the pressure we feel to “serve as role models, mentors, even surrogate parents to minority students, and to meet every institutional need for ethnic representation”. While we meet these demands, our work is also often rooted in marginalized communities (that we may even be a part of) and valued less in the eyes of the traditionally White, masculine, upper class, Western, heteronormative academic model. As studies and current media emerge describing the challenges we face as women of color in higher education, we continue to live the experiences daily.
This special issue of As Us celebrates the powerful voices of women of color, gender non-conforming and trans people of color in academia (students, faculty, staff, or affiliates). We are seeking submissions that reflect complex, intersectional, lived experiences and celebrate resistance and survivance of our communities within academia. It is our hope that this issue may share creative expressions that contribute to finding nuanced solutions to the most pressing issues of inclusion in our institutions of higher learning.
 For a more comprehensive overview of these issues, see Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia. (2012) Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Angela P. Harris. (Eds.) Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press.
 June, A.W. (2015). The invisible labor of minority professors. The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 8, 2015.
 Beltrán, R. & Mehrotra, G. (2014). Honoring our intellectual ancestors: A feminist of color treaty for creating allied collaboration. Affilia: 1-11. DOI: 10.1177/0886109914531958
 A critical term used in Native American Studies, coined by Anishinaabe author, Gerald Vizenor, Survivance is defined as “an active sense of presence, the continuance of native stories, not a mere reaction, or a survivable name. Native survivance stories are renunciations of dominance, tragedy and victimry.” from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivance
As Us accepts original and previously unpublished works by Indigenous women and women of color. Simultaneous submissions are allowed but please inform us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere for publication. As Us accepts poetry, spokenword, creative nonfiction, fiction, academic essays, and more. If you have some innovative work or want to send us other genres, feel free to send it. We are looking for writing that moves us in some capacity whether that be on a craft, emotional, political, or story level.
ALL submissions should be in 12 pt Times New Roman, typed, paginated, and should include your name, address, phone number, and email address in the header of each page.
Poetry: please send us 3-5 poems.
Fiction: No more than 6,000 words.
Creative Nonfiction: No more than 6,000 words.
Academic Essays: No more than 6,000 words.
Spokenword: please send up 1-3 pieces. You may also include an audio or video of your work as well.
Reviews: If you have a review of a book written by an Indigenous author or a woman of color whose work you feel needs to be promoted we are definitely interested. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for queries.
For ONLINE issues: We also accept photo essays, web comics, dance submissions, audio poems/prose, and more! If you think you have something that fits the mission, but isn’t listed on our page here, try us anyway!
For international submissions: Please include your writing in your language along with an English translation.