Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora is the recipient of a grant awarded by the Amazon Literary Partnership Literary Magazine Fund and the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). This fund will support Obsidian’s upcoming GenderQueer/GenreQueer Playground issue, guest edited by author and interdisciplinary artist Ronaldo V. Wilson, allowing a forum that amplifies the voices of trans, genderqueer, and non-binary identified writers.

Obsidian’s project is among 18 across America that were selected by CLMP on behalf of the Amazon Literary Project. “Literary magazines are essential to the publishing ecosystem, providing fertile ground for diverse voices to thrive,” said CLMP Executive Director Mary Gannon. “At Amazon, we believe in the power of the written word and the impact writers have on our culture, society, and lives. We are proud to support these vital organizations that champion writers and their work,” said Manager of the Amazon Literary Partnership Alexandra Woodworth. “The list of 2021 Amazon Literary Partnership grant recipients represents a wide range of organizations working tirelessly to ensure that the literary community, and diverse and underrepresented voices, can thrive for generations to come.”

For more information on the Amazon Literary Partnership, visit here. For CLMP’s award announcement, visit here. For more information on Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, visit the website.