Seeking Black Portland-area writers (and potential writers) for Poetry:Catharsis

We’re excited to be moving forward with a project we’ve been working on behind the scenes for a little while now, and finally at the stage to pull it all together. We’re pleased to announce Poetry:Catharsis.

April is National Poetry Month/National Poetry Writing Month. This year, we are offering a series of poetry writing workshops that will culminate in a published book and performance opportunity. We invite Black survivors of violence living in and around Portland, OR, to come write with us.

So, here are the details:

  • weekly workshop sessions in April, four in all
  • the opportunity to collaborate on a published book after the workshops
  • a reading and book launch at the end of May

Workshops are planned for 2-4pm on April 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Participants are welcome to do as much or as little work on the book as they would like, from submitting a poem to two to learning about the publishing process to helping design or market. (Submission to the collection and work on the book are not compulsory.) Folks whose work ends up in the collection will get paid.

If you are a Black survivor, located in the Portland-metro area, and would like to participate, email us at mourningglorypub@gmail.com and let us know you’re interested. We look forward to working with you!

Happy New Year!

Hello, everyone!

This is Tessara, here with a couple of quick updates on MGP’s goings-on.

As you may have noticed, MGP’s third book, My Body Asunder, is now available through our book shop, as well as through major retailers such as Amazon and Powells. We’re going to have an interview with the author up on the blog later this month, so keep an eye out for that. We’re also planning a couple of guest blogs, writers to be announced.

Now that we’re past the gamut of the holiday season, we’ll be tabling at events and supporting our writers in Portland-area readings, which we’ll be announcing on our Facebook as they are confirmed.

We’re also planning a couple of campaigns, where we’ll be asking for your help in getting our books into bookshops and libraries all over. More info to come, so we hope you’ll look for that and help us out.

As a reminder, I want to mention that we are open for submissions, and would love to look at your work. If you identify with our mission and values, send along your poetry or memoir for our consideration!

Updates: donations, our next book, and a new project!

Yes, we know we’ve been pretty quiet on this end, but there’s definitely stuff happening; here are some updates!

Update the first:

We’ve already made our second donation from the sales of After Ferguson: In Solidarity, this time to Operation Help or Hush.

Paypal receipt for a $50 donation from Mourning Glory Publishing to Operation Help or Hush

We gave $50 to fund their work, which includes buying or making supplies for organizers, supporting and caring for protesters, and providing resources to communities in crisis. Currently, they are accepting donations of non-perishable food, and winter clothing for residents of Ferguson who need help.

We are currently considering organizations for our next donation, so if you are passionate about an organization working to support Black communities, comment here or contact us to let us know about it!

Update the second:

Book cover featuring a cropped photo of a fat body in underwear, faded and cracking, over text which reads "My Body Asunder" and the author's name, Darwin Rose RiviereWe are proud to introduce MGP’s third book!

My Body Asunder is a quarter life memoir about surviving an abusive childhood and finding wholeness as an adult. About the author: Darwin Rose Riviere is a graduate of Marylhurst University’s Creative Writing Program, where they received a full-ride scholarship after living houseless on the streets of Portland.

My Body Asunder will be available for pre-purchase starting on November 23rd and will ship in early December!

Update the third:

We’re putting a call out for women and femme survivors of interpersonal violence who are interested in attending a four week writing and art creation workshop here in Portland. We hope to create a safer space where survivors can re-envision their lives, using poetry, memoir, and visual art for healing expression. At the end of the workshop, participants will be invited to collaboratively create a reading event, where they can read their work and display the art they’ve created. They will have the option to also submit work for a book to be published by Mourning Glory Publishing.

Currently, we are exploring venues and applying for grants to help fund the project. The workshops and event are planned for April 2016, which is National Poetry Writing Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the birth month of the late Dr Maya Angelou; we hope to honor her legacy and carry on her spirit of candid and revolutionary writing.

After Ferguson, In Solidarity is live all over!

We’ve proofed After Ferguson: In Solidarity, and it’s now live for sale all over the internet, including: Powell’s, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and of course in our shop. As well, the Indiegogo remains active, so folks who want to give a little more can continue to donate and get perks there.

We’ve ordered the books and will start fulfilling perks as soon as they arrive! We’re proud to have completed this project. Thanks to all of our writers and artists for sharing their amazing work with us. Thanks to our supporters who’ve helped us get to this point by boosting our fundraisers. Thanks to folks who’ve bought the book so far. We’re so grateful for the support, and we’re proud to announce that we’ve made our first donation of funds to BYP100: $75 to support their work!

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Reminder: we’re currently open for submissions until August 31st. We’re primarily seeking poetry, essay, and memoir, but we’ll look at lit and genre fiction featuring characters from marginalized communities. For more information, go to: Submissions

Support our press by buying a book in our shop, or share our site on your Facebook or Twitter!

Updates on After Ferguson, In Solidarity

The Indiegogo for After Ferguson: In Solidarity has ended. Since we passed our goal of $500, the Indiegogo will remain active, allowing people to continue donating and getting perks through the site. We will also, of course, be listing the book in our shop soon, and folks will be able to order it there.

We’ve received the proofs, and are currently making sure the book meets our standards before we order a run from the printer and start sending them out. We want people to feel like this book is worth what we’re asking for it, and that it reflects the wishes of the artists and writers who contributed their work. (Sure, the money we’re asking is for donations to organizations that build community and create equity, but we still want this book to be worth it.)

Reminder: we’re currently open for submissions until August 31st. We’re primarily seeking poetry, essay, and memoir, but we’ll look at lit and genre fiction featuring characters from marginalized communities. For more information, go to: Submissions

Goooooaaaaalllllll!!!

We got so much support on Indiegogo, we hit our goal! We’ve raised over $500 so far, and we can’t wait to put that money back in the community to do justice work in Black communities. There’s 4 days left in the pre-sales for After Ferguson: In Solidarity. If you’ve been meaning to give and haven’t yet, now’s a great time!

The proofs are on their way from the printer, and over at IGG we announced the first two organizations that we’ll be donating to: the Dream Defenders and the Black Youth Project 100. Please give if you can, and share the campaign to help us do this work.

And don’t forget, we’re currently open for submissions, and we’ve pushed out the deadline to August 31st. We’re primarily seeking poetry, essay, and memoir, but we’ll look at lit and genre fiction featuring characters from marginalized communities. For more information, go to: Submissions

Good news: Indiegogo, Pre-sales, and Submissions

We’ve been pretty quiet here, but plenty has been going on behind-scenes. The Indiegogo campaign ended last week, and though we didn’t hit our goal, we were able to get enough funds to buy necessary assets and move forward. This means three important things are now happening:

Thing, the First: Today, we’ve launched pre-sales of After Ferguson: In Solidarity. We’re in final design stages and are nailing down the last details, and we plan to start shipping books in mid-July. We’re using Indiegogo again, because of the convenience in tracking donors, fulfilling perks, and processing funds that it offers. We’re excited to get this book out into the world, and we hope that you all, and others, will support us.

Thing, the Second: We’ve started fulfilling the perks from the first IGG campaign, with emails going out Monday and physical packages being mailed today. We’re immensely grateful for the support we received, and we hope that our donors are happy with the perks they requested!

Thing, the Third: Drum-roll, please! … Submissions are open! We’ve had folks express interest in the press, and we’re very flattered. Now, we’re finally ready to open up for manuscript submissions, and you can find the details about that here.

Fundraising! And More…

Hello, all!

We’re excited to announce an Indiegogo campaign for MGP has recently launched! We have a bunch of different reward levels, and awesome perks for those that give, so head on over to check that out, and please share with your friends/fam/followers.

In other news, after a stall, we’re moving again on After Ferguson: In Solidarity. AFIS was the first project we started, and it’s been a bit of a rough go, but we’re moving on it again, and we hope to have more news for you ASAP.

And lastly, we’re opening submissions in June! (Hopefully, the Indiegogo will be a success, because that’ll make things easier…) We will be accepting poetry and memoir/essay manuscripts, and we may take a look at your genre fiction if you send it in. There’ll be more info about that late next month, so watch this space.

That’s it for now—don’t forget to share our Indiegogo with your folks, and give if you can. Thanks!