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The Protest Issue

The Call

With the 5-4 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, SCOTUS cast aside 49 years of precedent that began with Roe v. Wade.  In a concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas urged the court, in a future case, to  “reject substantive due process entirely” & reconsider cases like Griswold, Lawrence, & Obergefell.


In solidarity with those impacted by this ruling, Limp Wrist seeks poetry of protest for a special issue to give a heartfelt fuck you to the five Justices, GOP, and anyone sharing their repressive views on reproductive healthcare.


This issue will be co-edited by Aimée Baker, Emma Bolden, & Dustin Brookshire.

How to Submit

Submissions of unpublished and previously published protest poems are accepted via email to Include your name & "The Protest Issue" in the subject line of the email and submit the following within one MW or PDF attachment:

  • Max of six poems.

  • Bio (< 80 words). [Optional for The Protest Issue; see below.]

  • Statement identifying as a LGBTQIA+/non-binary poet or an ally.

  • Social media information. (Helps us promote you!)

  • Name of a reproductive health organization that people should support.

  • Publication credit for any previously published poems.


Submissions close 8/31/22.

Important Note

Poets have the option to publish anonymously in The Protest Issue. Please identify in your submission if you need publish anonymously.


Guest Co-Editor Intro:

 Emma Bolden is the author of House Is an Enigmamedi(t)ations, Maleficae, and the forthcoming The Tiger and the Cage. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship, her work has appeared in The Norton Introduction to Literature, The Best American Poetry, The Best Small Fictions, and journals including Mississippi Review, Seneca Review, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, and Shenandoah. She is the associate editor in chief for Tupelo Quarterly.

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Aimée Baker is the author of Doe (University of Akron Press) about missing and unidentified women which has been turned into the documentary She (Birdy & Bean Films). As a multi-genre writer, her work has appeared in journals such as The Southern ReviewGuernica, and Gulf Coast. Prior to her time as a lecturer in Professional Writing, she worked in community outreach for a Planned Parenthood affiliate.

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