IAP BOOK SERIES
Radiance: Creative Works by LGBTQ+ Youth
Radiance: Creative Works by LGBTQ+ Youth is an annual publication that showcases poetry, short stories, personal narratives, and art by queer, adolescent writers and artists. The aim of Radiance is to provide a venue for LGBTQ+ writers and artists to publish their work free from censorship. This censorship may come from schools or may be self-imposed by LGBTQ+ teen writers and artists themselves who do not feel they are able to express themselves creatively with gay themes without inviting questions and speculation about their own identity from their peers. Radiance provides an opportunity for students who may feel uncomfortable publishing LGBTQ+-themed pieces in their schoolâ€™s literary magazine, or for those who do not have such a publication in their schools. LGBTQ+ students do not fit neatly into a single mold, and existing publications do not consider the intersectionality of being an LGBTQ+ teen writer or artist. In our research, there is currently no annual publication on the market that highlights art and writing from LGBTQ+ adolescents. The volumes within the series would serve not only as an outlet for young writers, but also as a resource for readers, as it would add to the diversity of choices for high school readers. We also recognize that within this traditionally marginalized group, not all students may be out to their families or friends, or at school. With this in mind, the book would allow for an anonymous, if necessary, safe space for these writers to share their thoughts and ideas.