Luther Hughes is a Seattle native, author of the chapbook, Touched (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018). He is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of the Shade Journal and Associate Poetry Editor for The Offing. A Cave Canem Fellow and Windy City Times Chicago, 30 Under 30 Honoree, his work has been published or is forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, BOAAT, Vinyl, The Adroit Journal, Tinderbox, and others. Luther is currently an MFA candidate in the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis. You can follow him on Twitter @lutherxhughes. He thinks you are beautiful.
Shade was created to empower Queer People of Color–to show society that there is something beautiful about being both Queer and of color. However, it is to also maintain an element of power, self, and well being. We are a strong community. Moreover, Shade was created to address, challenge and question political, social, and traditional norms.
The term, “shade,” is a highly negative term used throughout the Queer People of Color community. Yet, Shade aims to redirect this terminology into something positive. In saying, that “shade” is a place of comfort and mutual understanding–a place where the community can feel at home. Shade stands to do just that, build a community.
Shade is a literary blog for Queer People of Color who thought living was enough. Living is never just enough. We were born in this life to create. To destroy. And to rebuild. On Shade, we will celebrate Queer Writers of Color. We will analyze their work. We will give light to what they do and stand for.
We believe that there is much power in queer literature. James Baldwin states:
You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world…. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way… people look at reality, then you can change it.
And that is what Shade aims to achieve; to change, reconstruct, and build a space where Queer People of Color can live safely.