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Student Ahja Fox on Homology Lit

June 17, 2020

In our Wonderwork series, CU Denver faculty, students, staff, and alumni recommend one book, movie, or podcast that deserves more attention. Our ultimate goal is to promote a diverse and inclusive book and media culture. June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, so we welcome work by or about LGBTQ+ individuals. Nominate your favorite Wonderwork bemailing cudenvernews@ucdenver.edu or share on social with #CUDenverWonderwork.

As taken per their website, “Homology Lit is a Pacific Northwest-based online literary magazine for people of color, queer folks, and people with disabilities, founded by Savannah Slone in July 2018.” They publish visual art, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

I recommend this journal because it offers flawless mind-blowing work from members of the most underrepresented communities, especially those that identify as a part of LGBTQIA+. You will find work that spans from highly acclaimed creatives to emerging artists that are only just now publishing. It is the go-to place for artwork and narratives from and about people of color (POC), LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities without feeling like you’re hunting for them as one might when reading other literary journals that often advocate or call for these voices during submissions.

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Issue Three is one of my personal favorites, because of the overall response it solicits. I was challenged as a general reader but also as a critically informed writer. As someone who reads literary journals like they are at risk of going out of style, Homology Lit is in my top five and maybe even three. The quality of work is phenomenal and well-braided. It is something that I will always be eager to share. 

To add, Homology Lit stands behind what they mean and represent. The whole staff is composed of POC, LGBTQIA+, and/or people with disabilities. It represents something a lot of journals inexcusably lack, which often results in problematic acts that involve silence and censorship. With Homology Lit, there is this extra blanket of security and emphasis on the journal’s ability to understand and appropriately amplify the voices and work being offered to them. Even if you are someone who doesn’t “get” poetry or creative writing, Homology Lit is a great resource for underrepresented narratives.

– Ahja Fox, Creative Writing/English Literature student

Ahja Fox is a CU Denver student and Colorado native who can be found reading at various events, cheering on her community, or co-hosting Art of Storytelling. As a professor and head editor for Poetix University and an assistant poetry editor for two other literary journals, she is almost always 100% immersed in the literary. Read some of her work in online and print journals or at her website: https://dangerspoetics.wordpress.com/