A bi-annual literary journal founded in 2007, Mascara is particularly interested in the work of contemporary Asian, Australian and Indigenous writers. The word ‘mascara’ entered the English language in 1890. It derives from Spanish, Arabic and French origins, its meaning evolving from the word mask, masquerade, to darken, to blacken. The Arabic word ‘maskhara’ means buffoon. Mascara Literary Review will publish a special issue of Asian American poetry in July 2012. To be guest-edited by Jee Leong Koh, the issue aims to present the vitality of poetry written by Asian American poets today. Essays and reviews are also welcomed, but please query the editor first with a writing proposal.
Send 3-5 poems and a short bio in a single Microsoft Word doc as an attachment, labeled with your name. Write "Asian American poetry" in the subject title of your e-mail. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2012.