Started in 1974, Bombay Gin is the literary journal of The Jack  Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics—co-founded by Allen Ginsberg and  Anne Waldman—at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Edited by students and department faculty, Bombay Gin publishes  innovative poetry, prose and hybrid texts as well as art, translations, interviews, and online multimedia content. Emerging from the Outrider or left-hand lineage, which  operates outside the cultural mainstream, Bombay Gin honors a  heritage of powerful scholarship and counter-poetics through the  publication of work that challenges the boundaries of language, form,  and genre.

Bombay Gin #45: Anti-Body

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Anti-Body: A blood protein produced in response to and counteracting a specific antigen.

Anti-bodies combine chemically with substances that the body recognizes as alien, such as bacteria, viruses and foreign substance in the blood.
We are interested in queer forms of response and counteraction.

Send: Queer bodies in the blood of a system.

We are interested in the term alien as it applies to queered citizens and immigrants. How does our rhetoric and vocabulary around immigration issues permit and legislate violence, imprisonment, and treatment that lacks humanity. How is humanity placed against alien as a linguistic and hugely consequential social and legal signifier?

Rhizomic emergencies and emergences. Anti-body, the rhizome empowers queerness and refuses victimization.

Send: A blood produced in response, counteracting antigens.

Queerness is anti-institutional and refuses to maintain economies that uphold singular, linear systems of power and intelligence.

Send: Anti-bodies that the body recognizes as alien, bacteria, viruses, foreign blood.

The Anti-Body is a queer body working as a rhizome to re-imagine and re-figure dominant systems into an Elsewhere of possibility.

Send: Blood produced response counteracting.

We understand queerness to be any non- or anti-dominant form, person, space, encounter, politic, aesthetic, body, etc.

Send: Anti-bodies' combined body, recognized as alien bacteria, viruses, foreign blood.

The rhizome combines all kinds of queers, coming together to deconstruct, decapitate, disembody, disapprove, dis-ease the capital body.

Send: Blood response. Anti-bodies' alien bacteria viruses foreign blood.


Make Art, Give Monies:

In an attempt to address the current situation at our borders, and the current administration's abuse of queer/foreign bodies, we would like to offer a way in which contributors can embody activism through writing and publication. As a means of critiquing and mediating the distance between art and activism, in this issue of Bombay Gin we are offering what we call donation submissions, wherein you may submit a donation receipt along with a line of poetry/language that will be added to a running "Exquisite Body" which we will publish in the SWP folio in Spring 2019. There are various paths for you to donate to organizations such as RAICES or the Fronterizo Fianza Fund. By donating to these organizations, you are helping the people on the frontlines and borderlines who can adequately provide the support these families need and deserve. The donations go towards their commissary (which allows them to make phone calls to their attorney’s as they are charging them $3.25 to make these calls), towards their bail so they can be released, and towards legal representation, etc. Our idea is to create an “Exquisite Body” constructed of text that is constellated with monetary modes of activism. After donating, send your donation receipt along with one line of poetry/language/text and we will sculpt a collaborative poem that commemorates your donation and speaks towards BG's desire to practically bridge activism with art. 


General submission guidelines:

For our print issue, we welcome submissions of prose, poetry, and cross-genre work, interviews and non-fiction, and two-dimensional visual art in black-and-white and color. For our online content, we welcome all of the above in addition to audiovisual content. Poetry submissions should be comprised of 3-5 poems; prose, cross-genre, interviews, and non-fiction submissions should generally consist of no more than 10 pages; art, music, and video submissions should be limited to 5 pieces. Please include a 100 word bio, email, and mailing address with your submission. We read following the submission deadline and won't have a response for your work until after then, but general inquiries can be sent to, and more information can be found on our website,

This submission form is only open to students and participants of Naropa University's 2019 Summer Writing Program. Each week of the Summer Writing Program students and participants will be provided with a submission guideline by the Bombay Gin editorial team. The call for work is not strict and is open to interpretation.

Poetry, prose, and visual art welcome (audio and video welcome for the online journal).

Please include a brief bio with your attached documents. 

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