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 on our projects!

It’s been a while since our last update, but we’re excited to announce that we’re moving forward with three books, coming out over the next few weeks!

The press’ founder, Tessara Dudley, is putting out a collection of poetry (proofs are in the mail!), Fallen/Forever Rising. The book was “created as a tribute to victims of police violence and anti-Black repression in the aftermath of the murder of Michael Brown, Jr., in August 2014 […] to honour the struggles of Black Americans, while also holding up the beauty and strength found in the Black experience.”

We’re currently finalising the contents of After Ferguson: In Solidarity. It’s been in the works for several months now, and we’re almost ready to send it to print. We are also in the process of creating a list of organisations to send funds to—if you have a suggestion, leave it in the comments, or send it along to mourningglorypub@gmail.com.

We’re in talks with an amazing writer about putting out the print edition of their memoir—it’s an amazing work and we can hardly wait to share it with you!

Update on collection for Ferguson: Deadline Extension

We are extending the deadline to Friday, December 12, 2014. We hope this will give more people an opportunity to submit. We’ve received several poems and essays, but we’d love more of both, and we’d absolutely like to include the work of visual artists as well.

Please spread the word, and submit your work as soon as possible to mourningglorypub@gmail.com. Thank you for your submissions, and your support.

In love and solidarity,
Mourning Glory Publishing

Updates on the collection for Ferguson

We are adding to the call for submissions:

If you are a person of  colour who creates visual art, we are now taking art submissions for the collection. Unfortunately, the book interiors will be black and white only, so art submissions must be greyscale.

We are also looking for 2-3 essays to include. Essays should be personal, rather than academic or journalistic, and we favour a lyrical writing style.

Submission guidelines for essays: attach essay as a .doc file or paste the work into the body of an email, with the subject “Ferguson Submission”. Please include your name as you would like it to appear on the final version, and if this is a previously published piece, let us know.

Submission guidelines for art: attach art as a .png  or high quality .jpg file. In the body of the email, provide 1) your name as you would like it to be published, 2) the title of the piece, and 3) any additional information you would like included, such as inspiration or the emotion that spurred creation of the piece.

Please spread the word, and submit your work as soon as possible to mourningglorypub@gmail.com—we are looking to move on this as fast as we can. Ideally, we’ll have enough submissions to put together our first volume by Friday, December 5, 2014.

In love and solidarity,
Mourning Glory Publishing