We are so excited to finally share the latest issue of Iris: A Magazine of New Writing for LGBTQ+ Young Adults. It features fiction, poetry, and illustrations (by zeeloo) that engage with LGBT+ themes. Too often, YA literature marginalizes the queer spectrum - Iris aims to fill that void.
The theme of this issue is “Histories,” and inside you’ll find works that explore that theme from incredibly varied perspectives. Our cover art, by the talented Natalya Bakay, features Ethel Waters, a famous lesbian African-American jazz singer. The issue also features illustrations by Marylou Mao.
We are especially excited to announce that this is the first issue to feature a young author! We are so glad to say that we will begin accepting submissions from young contributors for our next issue!
We hope you enjoy the magazine. All pieces in the magazine appear because their creators wanted you to read and see them - our contributors donate their talent, and we are so grateful to them for their generosity.