just femme & dandy: a lit mag for queers plus


just femme & dandy
is a biannual literary & arts magazine for and by queers+ on fashion. We hope to fulfill a space in the literary world that has yet to exist, and we hope to celebrate the queer community, who have long since coded itself with their bodies when it has been dangerous to identify solely with words. Until recently, we could only find a handful of models within popular culture and the public imagination to inform our own aesthetic choices, and so the styles (and the art) we don and make operate as a patchwork quilt, collaged together with vintage and thrift store finds, our sister or mother's lipstick, our father's neckties.

We want to offer a space for the LGBTQIA+ community, but one that privileges underrepresented and marginalized writers and artists. Just as we transcend the lines between gender, sexuality, aesthetic, and style, just femme & dandy wants to offer a home for works that are categorized by the interests of fashion and style rather than aesthetic genre, and we fully encourage and expect works that blur the lines between the written and the visual, the still and the moving image. just femme & dandy will embrace all the layers of hybridity that push against the tensions that pressure us to conform. Nothing is off limits.

Here are our sections:

the glowup (skincare & cosmetics)

triple thread(s) (bespoke fashion and haute couture)

no scrubs (streetwear)

sew what (DIY/thrift/makeshift)

sole mates (shoes)

mane attraction (hair)

cancel & gretel (ethics & inclusion)

Each issue will have a theme, and initially we intend to publish three pieces per section, and pay contributors a small honorarium. What will these pieces be? Some examples include: comics, illustration, video, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, listicle, short-or-long-form editorials, and any other creative work one can imagine that can be published on our website. We seek work from emerging and established writers, as well as artists on the peripheral of the literary publishing world. We hope to expand, in time, to include profiles, interviews, tutorials, and product reviews. Further ambitions include (when the world is not quite so 2020) hosting drag performances, fashion shows, release parties that include presentations of the current issue's offerings, and exhibitions. We would also love to get to a point where we could have a print version of just femme & dandy.


Addie Tsai, co-editor in chief and founding editor, is a queer, non-binary writer and artist of color, who lives and teaches Creative Writing, Dance, Humanities, and Literature in Houston, Texas. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and her PhD in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. She is the author of the young adult novel, Dear Twin. Addie is a staff writer at Spectrum South, and Nonfiction Editor at The Grief Diaries, Associate Editor at Raising Mothers, and Assistant Fiction Editor at Anomaly.

Sarah Sheppeck, co-editor in chief, is a graduate of U.C. Riverside’s Palm Desert Low-Residency MFA program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Rochester and her Master’s in Secondary Education and Curriculum from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Born and raised in upstate New York with stints in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and the woods of northern Maine, she is now back in her home state with her pit mix, Chloe.

SJ Sindu, editor of the glowup, is a queer, genderqueer, femme Tamil diaspora author of two novels, Marriage of a Thousand Lies and Blue-Skinned Gods, as well as the hybrid fiction and nonfiction chapbook I Once Met You But You Were Dead. A 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow, Sindu holds a PhD in English from Florida State University, and teaches at the University of Toronto.

Jen St. Jude, editor of sole attraction, is the fiction editor for Arcturus Magazine, a Daily Editor at the Chicago Review of Books, and has work in Gigantic Sequins, The Rumpus, and F(r)iction. Her YA novel is about two girls in love at the end of the world.

Kirin Khan, editor of triple thread(s), is a writer living in Oakland, CA who calls Albuquerque, New Mexico her hometown, and Peshawar, Pakistan her homeland. She is an alumna of VONA/Voices, Las Dos Brujas, and the Tin House Writers Workshop. She was a 2017 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, 2017 SF Writers Grotto Fellow, 2018 AWP Writer to Writer Mentee, and a 2018 Steinbeck Fellow, and she received a 2019 fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Her essay “Tight” was nominated by Nat. Brut for a 2018 Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in The Margins, sPARKLE & bLINK, Your Impossible Voice, and 7x7.LA and elsewhere. She is working on her first novel.

Octavia Saenz, editor of sew what, is an editor and cartoonist based in Brooklyn, NY. She creates illustrated horror and fabulist stories about gender, sapphic love, and Puerto Rican diaspora. Octavia grew up in Puerto Rico and has a BFA in Creative Writing and Illustration from Ringling College, as well as a Lambda Fellowship.  

Joanna Davis-McElligatt, editor of no scrubs, received her PhD in Literary Studies from the University of Iowa in 2010. She is co-editor of Narratives of Marginalized Identities in Higher Education: Inside and Outside the Academy (Routledge 2018), Narrating History, Home, and Nation: Critical Essays on Edwidge Danticat (U of Mississippi P, under contract), and BOOM! #*@&! Splat: Comics and Violence (U of Mississippi P, under contract). She is currently at work on her first monograph entitled Black and Immigrant: The New Black Diaspora in American Literature and Culture, a critical exploration of representations of immigrants of African descent to the U.S. from Afropolitans to Wakandan Americans. Her scholarly work appears in south: a scholarly journal, A History of the U.S. South (Cambridge UP, under contract), Small Screen Souths: Region, Identity, and the Cultural Politics of Television (LSU P 2017), and Critical Insights: The American Identity (Salem P 2014), among other places. Her work on comics has appeared in The Comics Journal, Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults (U of Mississippi P 2017), and The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking (U of Mississippi P 2010). She has published her own comic about living in Opelousas, Louisiana, in Little Village Magazine. 

Kortney Lapeyrolerie (she/they), editor of the mane attraction, is a Black, queer content creator, birth worker, and healing justice activist based out of Greenville, South Carolina. Growing up in New Jersey, she soaked in the state’s famous mall scene, a space where femmes from around the world found immutable voices, manifesting realities through visual expression. Later, during her Brooklyn era, she discovered the boundless range of Black hair art with folx showing up and showing out daily as if it was the most natural thing in the world. Kortney’s fashion interests include, but are not limited to, vintage femme dandyism; the freedom of caftans; and how queer folx allow their gender to flow through the power of aesthetics.

Sky Cubacub is a non-binary disabled Filipinx queer from Chicago, IL. Rebirth Garments is their clothing line for the full spectrum of gender, size and ability. They maintain the notion of Radical Visibility, a celebratory movement based on unapologetically flaunting our bodies through the use of bright colors, exuberant fabrics, and innovative designs. Sky was named 2018 Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune and is a 2019/2020 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist and a Disability Futures Fellow. Rebirth Garments has been featured in Teen Vogue, Nylon, Playboy, the New York Times and many more! Find them on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter @rebirthgarments.

Danielle Broadway (she/her/they/them) (the mane attraction) is a queer Black womanist graduate student that studies English Literature student at California State University, Long Beach. She has been published in Black Girl Nerds, LA Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Blavity and more, is a writer and editor for CSULB’s Dig Magazine and an assistant editor at Angels Flight • literary west. Additionally, Danielle is a a lifestyle writer for Diply. She’s an activist and educator that is inspired by her family to make social change both in the classroom and beyond. Find her on Twitter: @DanielleBroadw1 and Instagram: @broadwaynerdwrites.

Dennis Norris II (they/them) is a Black, Femme, non-binary writer and editor living in Brooklyn, NY. Their writing has been supported by MacDowell, Tin House, VCCA, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction, and appears or is forthcoming in McSweene’s, American Short Fiction, Zora, and SmokeLong Quarterly, among others. Dennis is the author of the chapbook Awst Collection—Dennis Norris II, and is both the Sr. Fiction Editor at The Rumpus and co-host of the critically acclaimed podcast Food 4 Thot. Tweet them at: @dennisearlii.


We want to create this space in publishing for the LGBTQIA+ community, but we can't launch just femme & dandy without your help. With your support, we plan to pay Submittable fees and web design and maintenance fees, as well as pay contributors. We hope to surpass this goal so we can increase what we are able to pay contributors, and even, hopefully, offer small honoraria to our editing staff as well. 


Addie Tsai
Houston, TX

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