The mag-friendly short bio:
LE Francis is a recovering arts journalist writing poetry & fiction of varying length from the rainshadow of the Washington Cascades.
Why am I here?
The short of it is: in a world where everything sucks, the meaning I choose to create is through artsy shit. I may suck at 99% of it, but I also don’t give a fuck.
I will fight you if you are being mean to people just trying to do/get better at their art (unless their message is racist, sexist, w/e — then I’ll fight with you).
No, I don’t like everything, nobody does. But that doesn’t mean that the people making shit that I don’t like now won’t go on to make shit I will like later. It’s better to nurture people’s talents where we can.
Besides, my opinion doesn’t really matter & neither does yours. We should probably use the tiny bit of pull we have to be positive about something we care about.
Um, claimer I guess?
As I interact more in leftist communities on social media, I felt like I should write up some kind of warning for potential editors/publishers.
My sociopolitical ideas have been squarely in the libertarian left quadrant for at least the last decade. I actually enjoy reading theory, but my views are primarily informed by my experience growing up poor in a rural, conservative community.
I follow leftist streamers & podcasters & occasionally comment. I don’t do the dirtbag/sjw dichotomy. I like wholesome streamers with nuanced intersectional takes like The Serfs, but also regularly listen to Chapo & enjoy laughing until I feel slightly less crazy.
I try to keep my socials mild & mostly avoid drama, but spice is a possibility.
A lot of my poetry & short fic is political, but may not clearly read on the surface. So, if you are an editor & see my politics as a potential problem, I would prefer you pass on my work. If you have any questions, please let me know.