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Looking for a Little Inspiration?

interactive writing journalSometimes we all need a little inspiration in our journaling and creative writing endeavors. If you are feeling a little stuck in the mud, check out Swimming with Elephants Publications Interactive Writing Journal Vol 1. More than just a book of blank lined pages, this journal includes various prompts and challenges to inspire and affect your writing. Expect a new Journal 2-3 times a year.

The Interactive Writing Journal is available through Amazon and is priced as close to cost as allowable in order to give more value to the writer.

You may also consider ordering the Interactive Journal for a creative writing class or writing workshop. For discounts on bulk orders, contact Swimming with Elephants Publications directly at swimwithelephants@gmail.com. Use “Interactive Writing Journal Bulk Order” in the subject line for a quicker response.

Any proceeds from this publication will be donated to the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy.

 

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Call for Submissions

Publisher LogoSubmissions Wanted

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath—
America will be

~Langston Hughes

 

 

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC is accepting submissions until October 31 for a new anthology tentatively titled WOKE.

“WOKE,” a term arising out of black activism, means awareness of the struggle against racial injustice. One can’t just be woke; as Eryka Badu and #BlackLivesMatter remind us, you have to stay woke.

What Motivates Us

Several more killings of black men by police in Brooklyn, NY, Baton Rouge, LA, and Falcon Heights, MN, fresh in our minds; the mass shooting in the Orlando LGBTQ/Latinx community still weighing heavily on our hearts; inflammatory rhetoric against immigrants and Muslims featuring prominently in our political discourse…

Featured Image -- 240What We’re Looking For

Specifically, we are looking for personal essays and reflections regarding the state of American today in the following categories:

  • Inequality in America
  • Privilege in America (white, class, male, etc)
  • Tragedies in America (manmade)
  • Pride in America (pride in identity)
  • Indifference in America

We are looking for prose, no more than 2,000 words reflecting experiences, opinions, and/or beliefs in one of these issues.

Our goal with this anthology is to create a collection of writing accessible to the masses reflecting the state of our country today. We want work that tells a story, teaches a lesson, opens eyes.

Ideally this book can be used as a tool in a high school to introductory college classroom. We’d like this anthology to give students permission to speak about uncomfortable subject matter.

What to Send Us

  • Submit up to three polished pieces of writing.
    • Prose submissions are limited to 2,000 words or less
  • We will consider simultaneous submissions as well as work that has been previously published, but we ask that you specify this in your email, and contact us promptly if you are removing your work from consideration.
  • Attach your submission as a single WORD DOC (.doc or .docx) or GOOGLE DOC to your email.
  • Send submissions to swimwithelephants@gmail.com.
  • Use the words: Woke Submission and specify which category which you are submitting in the subject line (Woke Submission Inequality)
  • Include full name, street address, phone number, and email address in body of email.
  • Include a 50 word or less biography in body of email.
  • You may include a brief cover letter in body of email, but it is not necessary.
  • Expect a reply during the month of November.

The submission process will run until October 31 with an estimated publication date of December 2016.


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It’s ALIVE

Now Available: You Must be This Tall to Ride

by SaraEve Fermin

Now available on Amazon.com, SaraEve Fermin’s second full length collection, You Must be This Tall to Ride. Order your copy today and keep your eyes open for the official book release happening soon.

What is being said about You Must Be This Tall to Ride

YouMustBeThisTallFront Cover“This is how I make myself better. Measure flour, sugar, room temperature butter,” is one of the many fantastic lines from the roller coaster of emotions that is, You must be this tall to ride. SaraEve has found a way to to make us laugh while crying. The last time I felt like this is when we when SaraEve and I were baking our emotions in an oven and then sticking our heads in to see if it would make our poetry better. Thanks SaraEve. And thanks Sylvia Plath.

-Thomas Fucaloro poet: Depression Cupcakes and Mistakes Disguised as Stars

My God, this book. Thank you. My God. I loved it. The brilliance and tissue-tender resilience of (Fermin’s) words show the reader a beautiful brutality. The tears of joy in my eyes made it painful, if not impossible, to read each page more than once.

I am grateful for this experience.

– Sam Bassam, international performance poet and activist

In her second book, “You Must be This Tall to Ride” SaraEve Fermin does hard work with that which so many poets avoid; the poems here are not merely “how I got through/behold my strength” but rather, the nuanced and measured stories that happen after life’s big moments. In defiance of a life filled with so many “one-step-back” erosions, she shows us how simple actions can be the victories that enable us to move one-step-forward; she shows us how everyday, just-showing-up love means more, in the long run, than capital L fireworks ever can.

-Ryk McIntyre, performance poet, editor and author; After Everything Burns

So often in poetry collections, we read work that bear witness to the conflict, whether that be Poet vs. The World, Poet vs. Nature, or even Poet vs. Themselves. However, in You Must Be This Tall To Ride, we’re gifted with a unique perspective – namely, what happens after the battle is fought? Contained in these pages are poems that bear witness to the afterwards; to the fighter, post-victory & battle-wearied, who must carry on with their lives, with matters of day-to-day existence. If we consider the myth of Sisyphus, cursed for eternity to push the boulder up a never-ending hill, then we must look at this work as an exploration of what may have been, had Sisyphus ever found a way to finish his task.

– William James, author, rebel hearts & restless ghosts

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

RIGHT NOW! DON’T WAIT!

 

About SaraEve Fermin:

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SaraEve is a performance poet and epilepsy advocate from northeast New Jersey. A 2015 Best of the Net nominee, she has performed for both local and national events, including the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles 2015 Care and Cure Benefit to End Epilepsy in Children and as a reader for Great Weather for MEDIA at the 2016 NYC Poetry Festival on Governors Island. You might have met her volunteering at various national poetry slams. A Contributing Editor for Words Dance Magazine and Book Reviewer at Swimming with Elephants Publishing, her work can be found or is forthcoming in GERM Magazine, Yellow Chair Review, Drunk in a Midnight Choir and the University of Hell Press anthology We Can Make Your Life Better: A Guidebook to Modern Living, among others. Her second full length anthology, You Must Be This Tall to Ride, will be published by Swimming with Elephants Press in fall 2016. She believes in the power of foxes and self-publishing.

Learn more: http://saraeve41.wix.com/saraevepoet

She loves Instagram: SaraEve41


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Coming Soon: You Must be This Tall to Ride

YouMustBeThisTallFront CoverSo often in poetry collections, we read work that bear witness to the conflict, whether that be Poet vs. The World, Poet vs. Nature, or even Poet vs. Themselves. However, in You Must Be This Tall To Ride, we’re gifted with a unique perspective – namely, what happens after the battle is fought? Contained in these pages are poems that bear witness to the afterwards; to the fighter, post-victory & battle-wearied, who must carry on with their lives, with matters of day-to-day existence. If we consider the myth of Sisyphus, cursed for eternity to push the boulder up a never-ending hill, then we must look at this work as an exploration of what may have been, had Sisyphus ever found a way to finish his task.

William James, author, rebel hearts & restless ghosts

 


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Coming Soon: You Must be This Tall to Ride

YouMustBeThisTallFront Cover
“In her second book, “You Must be This Tall to Ride” SaraEve Fermin does hard work with that which so many poets avoid; the poems here are not merely “how I got through/behold my strength” but rather, the nuanced and measured stories that happen after life’s big moments. In defiance of a life filled with so many “one-step-back” erosions, she shows us how simple actions can be the victories that enable us to move one-step-forward; she shows us how everyday, just-showing-up love means more, in the long run, than capital L fireworks ever can.”

Ryk McIntyre, performance poet,

editor and author;  After Everything Burns