Issue 21

Issue 21

of Gertrude Journal is now available.

Art by Daniel Barrow and writing by Kristi Carter, Douglas Cole, Holly Day, Jeff Golomb, Joshua R. Helms, Megan Kruse, Martha Lundin, Freesia McKee, Michael Montlack, Nancy Carol Moody, Robby Nadler, Simon Perchik, Thomas Pickarski, M.M. Pryor, Ron Riekki, Ryan Anthony Rogers, Nicole Santalucia, Lela Scott MacNeil, and Per Wiger.

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Portland Queer Art Event: Molly Alloy

Molly AlloyGertrude is partnering with local Portland artist, Molly Alloy, whose collection, Animal Body, will be on display at the Red E Cafe Gallery from June 11 to July 8. The Red E Cafe Gallery is located at 1006 N Killingsworth Ave., Portland, OR 97217.

Join us for the opening reception on June 11th from 7-10pm or for the extravagant multi-media closing party on July 7th from 7-10pm. The closing party will be a dynamic evening of musical, literary, and fine art. You’ll enjoy raucous live music, literary readings, public participation, a live auctioneer, a keg of beer, and so much more! The Gertrude Board will be at the Red E Cafe Gallery on both June 11th and July 7th, so we hope to see you there!

Molly Alloy is a Portland, OR based fine artist. The Animal Body collection began when severe illness and a radical hysterectomy provoked new insight into her early childhood sexual trauma, re-contextualizing Molly’s identities around gender and sexuality. The result is a series of bawdy, nonsensical self-portraiture rendered in vividly colorful collages of personal narrative. The works are grounded in an exploration of the deep knowledge held in the physical self, or ‘animal body’.

“I approached this work with no judgement, and no filter... the result is incredibly colorful- in more ways than one!” - Molly Alloy

Featured Writer: Ryan Anthony Rogers

Gertrude is pleased to feature "Pieces of Sky" by Ryan Anthony Rogers in our current issue.

In the beginning, there was me without you. Then you. Then the two of us.

After that, there was me without you again. And then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then them, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then that guy in Maui, and then a bisexual divorce attorney named Kyle Something.

Now, it’s me without him or you, and sometimes without myself. Thankfully, I don’t know loneliness, so I don’t ever feel isolated when it’s me without you or him. I just sleep alone and read more and eat less and spread love around to the people who aren’t too far away. I take work home with me and stay late at the office, occasionally stepping outside to smoke cigarettes and feel crowded by the stars. This isn’t making do. This isn’t trying to pass for busy. I’m not channeling anything. I just operate outside of us, now. Read the rest of the story from Issue 21 now »

Video Spotlight: Daniel Barrow

Daniel Barrow's artwork appears in Issue 21 of Gertrude.

Art by Daniel Barrow

  • Eyedrops and Computer
    Eyedrops and Computer
  • I Can't Stop Looking At You
    I Can't Stop Looking At You
  • Gay Secrete (Self-Portrait)
    Gay Secrete (Self-Portrait)
  • Therapist
  • Thief of Mirrors
    Thief of Mirrors
  • Trashspy
  • Looking for Love in the Hall of Mirrors
    Looking for Love in the Hall of Mirrors
  • Toilet Stall
    Toilet Stall
  • Kiss Me Before I Die
    Kiss Me Before I Die

Congrats to Chapbook Winners

Collins  Cowen


Poetry: "Conspiracy of Beauty" by Christina Collins
Fiction: "Mobiles in the Sky" by Trisha Cowen


The 2015 chapbook contest is now closed. Stay tuned for an announcement of the winners later this summer!

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