• Tea Gerbeza

Get to Know Tea Gerbeza

We're very excited to introduce our guest editor for antilang. no. 10 - Emerging Writers, Tea Gerbeza! We are open for submissions through June 15th, 2021 for this issue. Here are Tea's thoughts on our theme:

"The most exciting work I’ve read lately has been created by fellow emerging writers. When I see the word 'emerging,' I think of blossoms bursting through frozen earth in spring, their presence an unignorable burst of colour and life. To me, all writing should have this energy of bursting forward, and I’ve noticed that writing from emerging authors tends to embrace this liveliness wholeheartedly. These new perspectives, with their playfulness and creativity of form, are exactly what Lit needs right now—perspectives that challenge and bring change to a system riddled with barriers and boundaries. But what does it mean to be an emerging writer? The definition is fluid and shifting. Sometimes it means you’ve published in magazines and journals; other times, it means you’ve published a book. Even someone who has achieved some level of success, such as award nominations or even wins, but is still in the 'early' stages of their career, may be considered 'emerging.' What about writers who haven’t yet published their first story, or poem? Who does this category serve? And who is left out?

"Disabled, d/Deaf, neurodiverse, and/or chronically ill writers often find “emerging” into the publishing world difficult because of the various systemic and institutional barriers inherent in our ableist society. For disabled, chronically ill, d/Deaf or neurodivergent BIPOC writers, stigmas and prejudices create additional barriers, which make producing and submitting work that much more inaccessible. But these are the voices we need the most.

"I want to defy definitions of emerging. I want to see pieces from people who are nervous about sending out work for the first time. Send me that flash fiction or poem you’ve been working on for so long and finally finished. Or that other piece that collects rejections, the one that never seems to 'quite fit.' I want work from BIPOC, disabled, d/Deaf, neurodivergent, and/or chronically ill writers to emerge, burst open, and let the richness of their ideas fill up the pages of this issue. Let’s reimagine 'emerging.'"

Tea Gerbeza (she/her) is a disabled poet, digital and paper quilling artist based in Treaty 6 territory (Saskatoon, SK). She is a current MFA in Writing candidate at the University of Saskatchewan and holds a MA in English & Creative Writing from the University of Regina. Tea’s poetry has most recently appeared in Spring, antilang., and We Are One: Poems From the Pandemic. Her poems have won an Honourable Mention in the 2019 Short Grain Contest. Tea’s paper art can be found at @teaandpaperdesigns

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