tenderness, lit was founded in january 2017. since then, we’ve published hundreds of poems and stories online, seven beautiful chapbooks, two full-length collections of poetry, and an anthology of previously rejected work. we believe that more than anything else, the body of work that we have selected for publication speaks to who we are.

to be explicit: tenderness is a space that exists to uplift the voices of LGBTPOC writers. we want to find ways to bring those writers closer to the center of the literary conversation. we want to find ways to get them paid. we want a better world. we’re trying to get to it.

the tenderness, lit team is zoë blair-schlagenhauf, fae gehringer, and amelia seidel.