The Library publishes both hand-assembled zines and professionally printed books, including our biannual zines The Vineyard and x/y: a junk drawer of trans voices, as well as various themed projects throughout the year. Books are published as special projects between zine releases. Submissions are currently open for our anthology, Be Gay, Do Time: On Queerness and Incarceration.
In terms of what we publish, the Library seeks stories, prose, poetry, essays, and art that dare to look and dream beyond the humdrum expectations of our current bleak reality. Our goal is to publish work that helps to craft a radical vision of a more vibrant world, whatever that may look like to you.
Interested in submitting? Check out our guidelines and open calls HERE.
Trans Rites: An Anthology of Genderfucked Horror
The Library is thrilled (and chilled) to present our first anthology, Trans Rites: An Anthology of Genderfucked Horror, for publication in print and digital. This collection, edited by v.f. thompson and Fritz Dries, will feature a bazaar of bizarre tales of transition and transformation, beastliness and becoming. To embody transness is to change shape, to become something else. The theorist Judith Butler refers to the construction of gender as a process of ritual and naturalization. Hear our screams, our howls, our primal gibbering, our moonlight dances and our bleeding guts.
The book will be released at a two night Halloween party on October 27th & 28th, in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, MI.
Harvest Dogs by Fritz Dries
(coming in November!)
There are memories planted out there, under the soil, churning and howling...
The Library is thrilled to present our second chapbook, the third collection from Ontario-based poet and laborer Fritz Dries. Tracing a life down into the dirt, into the root system of a crumbling agricultural dynasty, Harvest Dogs is a deep-throated growl of grief and growth, of heredity and working class heroism, of hot animal want.
Go on. Throw yourself to the dogs. They're in the field, waiting.
x/y: a junk drawer of trans voices
x/y originated in 2018, and ran for a total of eight issues before going on hiatus, with a special issue released in February 2020 at MBLGTACC. Now, the project has been resurrected under the banner of The Dionysian Public Library, fully rebooted and revitalized in a new biannual form and starting from a new Issue #1. x/y is a platform for trans and gender-nonconforming artists to share their writing and artwork, with each issue based around a specific theme. Issues are released at the end of March and September.
issue #2, knowledge & mystery, will be available soon.
The Vineyard is our biannual unthemed zine, published in January and July, featuring a selection of writing and poetry fermented under the proper conditions and poured into a glass for your enjoyment. Issue #2 is available now, featuring work from Zach Murphy, jacklyn henty, CLS Sandoval, John Brantingham, and Thomas Elson.
Submissions are currently *closed* but will reopen in December for publication in January.
shimmer by v.f. thompson
We are incredibly proud to present our first book, shimmer, v.f. thompson's debut poetry collection. A meditation on change, transition, what it means to both be and become, thompson draws inspiration from psychedelic and anarchist philosophy, speculative fiction, and the natural world to weave a rich tapestry of imagery and emotion. Covering her year-and-a-half in a house that changed her mind and broke her spirit, it chronicles her journey from who she was to who she will become.