The good folks at Meet The Presses invited panelists for the Indie Lit Symposium to record a video about their press. So! Here’s a quick oral history of These Days issues one through six. I wish I could name everyone who has contributed and submitted, so I’ll do that here.
Thank you to Andrew Blackman, Avonlea Fotheringham, Bardia Sinaee, Ben Ladouceur and Scott Lemoine, Cameron Anstee and Jenn Huzera, Dave Currie and Jen Baker, Ellen Chang-Richardson, Erin Maxfield, Gail and Lawrence Blackman, IAN MARTIN, jesslyn delia smith, JM Francheteau, Jordan Chevalier, Justin Million, Kate Maxfield, Ksenija Spasic, LN Woordward, Mark Sokolowski, Nina Jane drystek, Owen Hewitt and Gabrielle Forget, Peter Gibbon, Sam Cronk, Sara Maxfield, Sneha and John Madhavan-Reese and their three daughters, Tanya Decarie, Vanessa Davies, and Zishad Lak, for your contributions and your support.
I am genuinely excited and delighted to be involved in this new series run by Nicole Brewer, Literally just a chapbook. The book is, as it says, just a chapbook, but it is also part-magazine, part-anthology, and part-community. Content is built around a theme, in this case strong feelings. Most of the poems here express grief but Nicole made space for my poem, The Wheels, about being overwhelmed by being a parent and about children’s (people’s?) intuition for compassion. What first excited me about this project was her willingness to accept previously published poetry, which blows away one of my biggest pet peeves in the poetry ‘industry’ – that poems get one life in print, unless they luck their way into a trade book. What really got me excited was that once us lucky bunch were accepted we were all conuslted on the form and distribution of the text. I really hope other folks out there find Literally just a chapbook as an inspiration to start their own projects that bring comfort and build community.
*PS: Nicole Brewer is also working on another project, a new outlet called Frond, that wil be publishing prose from LGBTQI2SA writers. Their first deadline is November 30 so if that applies to you, you got some time to write something new.