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 email@example.com and let us know you’re interested. We look forward to working with you!
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
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
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.