The literary magazine for rural LGBTQ+ and POC voices.
Mount Island is a small press and literary magazine dedicated to creating space for rural LGBTQ+ and POC voices to be heard on their own terms and find solidarity in community. Mount Island is by us, for us, and for anybody who wants to see rural America for all it really is.
We publish a quarterly digital magazine, an annual print anthology, and special letterpress projects.
What we’re looking for
Prose and poems that buck the standard. Any genre, whether traditional or invented. Art that liberates vision. Any medium, whatever can be displayed digitally. Interviews, reviews, and articles that follow passion and further connection.
Why it gotta be rural/LGBTQ+/POC?
With our deepening political divides and the rise of emboldened hate groups across the US, cultural critics have pointed the finger at rural America. Even so, the mainstream American imagination believes in a false countryside—one too white, conservative, or just plain quiet for any queer or Black or brown person to feel at home. But we are out here, holding down the countryside. Even as we live in the face of constant erasure, we live creatively, infectiously.
The rural-urban divide widens while America overlooks rural life’s great diversity. Rural America’s queerness and colorfulness are cultural treasures, keys to deep wonder and freedom. The people who make it so should be proud, should say their truths loud and together. So we’re creating space for these voices to be heard on their own terms and find solidarity in community. Mount Island is a magazine by us, of us, and for anybody who wants to see rural America for all it really is.
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Our Fiscal Sponsor
Mount Island is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Thanks to this fiscal sponsorship arrangement, Mount Island is able to accept tax-deductible donations in support of our work with rural LGBTQ and POC writers and artists.
Contributions for the charitable purposes of Mount Island must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
In the Press
This article was originally published on December 24, 2019 in the Keene Sentinel. Rural communities can feel isolating, especially for underrepresented populations, like those who identify as LGBTQ+ or people of color. After a five-year hiatus, a Brattleboro-based...
Published in Seven Days on December 4, 2019 Brattleboro-based Mount Island, founded by Desmond Peeples, is a literary magazine devoted to the voices of rural LGBTQ and people of color. This week, the online quarterly began accepting submissions for a new poetry prize...
"BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A Vermont literary magazine and small press catering to the rural LGBTQ population and people of color will begin accepting submissions next month for a new poetry prize named after a woman with ties to Deerfield. Mount Island has established the...
‘The Rural World In All Its Fullness’: Literary Magazine Highlights People Of Color, LGBTQ Voices | Vermont Edition
This radio segment originally aired on October 24, 2019 on Vermont Public Radio's Vermont Edition. Living in rural areas can sometimes feel isolating, something that's especially true for less represented demographic groups, such as people who identify as LGBTQ or...
By Elodie Reed, Landscapes correspondent "BRATTLEBORO — Using the current U.S. Census Bureau standards for what constitutes a "rural" area — 2,500 people or fewer — the town of Brattleboro, officially falls into the urban category. To Desmond Peeples, a Brattleboro...
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