FOUR

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our fourth issue of NeurodivergART!

It seems that literature and arts magazines are becoming extinct, both paper and online versions. The internet offers so many opportunities for artists to share their work: social media, blogs, self-publishing, online shops. This has changed the literary and art world. No longer do writers and artists have to go through a submissions process where editors are the gatekeepers into the publishing world.

So why does NeurodivergART exist?

I launched this magazine for several reasons:

1). We want to create a community by offering a place where multiple, individual artists’ work is celebrated, recognized, and brought together. We want to build a network of international artists. We live far away from each other and many of us are isolated, working from home. NeurodivergART hopes to be a meeting ground, a place where artists discover each other and connect.

2).  Too often, part of being neurodivergent is being misunderstood by others. We offer a space where neurodivergent artists can share their perspectives and have them be understood and where readers can see perspectives that reflect their own experiences, allowing them to feel understood. 

3). We want to promote neurodivergent artists’ work! We know there are lots of options, but we are one more resource, a resource that 100% supports artists and their endeavors. We have modified the traditional submissions process to make it more straightforward and efficient. We post links to any online sites per artists’ requests. We publish Artist Notes written by the artists themselves.

And we have future plans for this magazine.

Our ultimate goal is to receive a grant so we can [back]pay our contributors, finance the website (currently out-of-pocket), and pay our staff (currently volunteers), in that order. To apply for this grant, we need to establish our magazine over the course of a year.

We cannot exist without submissions. Any pieces artists share online are pieces artists can submit to us! The process can be so rewarding — we love what we do here at NeurodivergART, especially working with artists to support their vision.

We also know it can be physically and emotionally overwhelming to submit, so if we can help you in any way, please contact us at neurodivergart@gmail.com and we will be happy to assist you.

And

please enjoy, please submit, and please share.

Thank you and with warmest regards,

Saraswati Chand
June 2019

FEATURED ARTISTS

Casey Promise

Susanne Winters

 

 

 

THREE

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our third issue of NeurodivergART!

And happy May.

This is how Nature makes me feel about April:

“… one of April’s most brilliant days–a day as sparkling as a newly-washed lemon…a day when even the shadows were a melange of blue and orange and jade, like the shadows that poured from the tipsy brush of Monet.” 
― Beverley Nichols, A Thatched Roof

This is how Autism Awareness makes me feel about April:

“April. Month of dust and lies.” 
― Naguib Mahfouz, Adrift on the Nile

So many actually autistic people dread April. We fight for acceptance instead of awareness.* We celebrate Autistic Pride. We advocate. We educate. We burnout. And through it all, we live. We survive.

And this is what life is like for the neurodivergent community every day. We ask, demand, fight to be seen as the human beings we are. We are not symbols. We do not exist to inspire you. We are here to live our lives. 

We at NeurodivergART thank you for your submissions and you readership. Art represents life, the very lives we live. And NeurodivergART celebrates those lives. We couldn’t do it without you.

So …

Please enjoy, please submit, and please share.

Thank you and with warmest regards,

Saraswati Chand
May 2019

FEATURED ARTISTS

Mads Johan Øgaard

Melissa Colleen Pinson

For those of you who are interested, part of my work in April was to write a three-part response to a Healthline article entitled “How to Make Your Relationship Work When Your Partner Has Autism”. Included in the response is a detailed critique of the article as well as the publication of my own article, “The Secrets to the Success of One Neurodiverse Couple”.

 

 

TWO

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our second issue of NeurodivergART!

Spring is here and along with the change of seasons comes growth: flowers blooming, seedlings unfurling, sun shining late into the evening.

In accordance with that, we have grown, too, since our first issue. We have made a few changes with our submissions guidelines, namely that we now accept previously published material.

Everyone on the NeurodivergART staff spends quite a bit of time on social media and blog sites, interacting with other neurodivergent artists. We see beautiful work that we would like to reprint in our magazine. So, we examined our mission statement again: To create a magazine from and for neurodivergent artists. To offer a submissions process that is straightforward and succinct.

Many literature and art magazines require works that have not been published elsewhere. This can include blogs, online shops, and social media pages. Our decision to accept that work deviates from the typical approach. But we are not typical and embrace our divergence with gusto.  

This decision to accept previously published work can make a big difference to the neurodivergent artists who support themselves with their art. We can be another venue to showcase that work. We also include links to sites per your request, including those very blogs, online shops, and social media pages. We are here to support you and your endeavors.

And remember:

 

So …

Please enjoy, please submit, and please share.

Thank you and with warmest regards,

Saraswati Chand
April 2019

FEATURED ARTISTS

Mahibur Rahman

Michiko Ozu

 

ONE

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our first issue of NeurodivergART!

We are excited and honored to share the talents of neurodivergent artists with the world.

For too long, other people have used art as a means of speaking about or for us. Why? There are so many neurodivergent artists out there in so many fields! We are creative and hard-working and expressive.

I have been submitting query/cover letters for over two decades. I recently realized that for every one letter I send, my neurotypical colleagues send about twenty. I conferred with them and confirmed that, yes, we are following the same steps:

1). Writing a template letter.
2). Researching the agent/editor.
3). Personalizing the template to the agent/editor.
4). Submitting the letter.
5). Noting in a spreadsheet when to expect a response or (if no response for declined submissions, as is often the case) when to mark the piece as not accepted.
6). Repeat steps 1-5.

Somehow, though, my pace is about twenty times slower than theirs!

I spend hours researching each agent/editor, trying to connect in a handful of words. This feels like small talk and does not come naturally to me at all. I check and recheck my math to compute dates for my submissions spreadsheet. I struggle with the openendness of “no response unless the work is accepted.”

I wondered if my submission rate was related to my neurodivergence.

I conferred with the neurodivergent art community. Sure enough, though the reasons are diverse, we always came back to the same conclusion: The submissions process can be exceptionally daunting for neurodivergent artists. That means, even though there are agents and editors seeking neurodivergent voices, the accessibility is not easy.

Thus, NeurodivergART, was born. Our mission: To create a magazine from and for neurodivergent artists. To offer a submissions process that is straightforward and succinct.

Every month, we will feature one (1) to three (3) artists. The genre and subject matter may vary, but the mission will always remain the same.

Please enjoy, please submit, and please share.

Thank you and with warmest regards,

Saraswati Chand
March 2019

FEATURED ARTISTS

Lynne Hollingsworth

S. Evans