Swimming with Elephants Publications

an independent, not for profit, publishing agent focusing on supporting the working author and non-profit organizations

Anthologies

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Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC produces a variety of anthologies for various organizations in order to raise awareness for numerous causes and interests.

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Trigger WarningTrigger Warning: Poetry Saved My Life

Compiled and Edited by Zachary Kluckman
Available at Amazon  for $14.95.

For decades, the coffee houses, darkly shadowed bar stools, inner city apartments, and subway stations have sounded the echo of this phrase – poetry saved my life. Poets worldwide have uttered these words to one another like a scared truth, a shared secret. Not all of them certainly, but enough. Enough to make this little tome more than a mere collection of voices, but a vital, celebratory reminder that poetry still opens the door for those whose screams are strangled by pillows. Here are the sounds of pleasure heralded against shoulders, the uplifted voices and stark tremolos of those who have survived the turmoil and trembling because they found something so deceptively simple – so heart-wrenchingly real.

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Mothers Daughters CoverMothers & Daughters

A La Palabra: The Word is a Woman Anthology

Compiled and Edited by Jessica Helen Lopez & Katrina K Guarascio
Photography by Mariah Bottomly
Available at Amazon  for $14.95.
Available at Bookworks ABQ   $10.00

Mothers & Daughters is the second book published as an anthology produced by La Palabra – The Word is a Woman. It is a collection of poetry and some non-fiction prose. Similar to our first self-titled book, it is an effort of workshop participants (in conjunction with the annual Women & Creativity month-long series), as well as a call for national submissions. In this collection you will surely find stories like your own, and some not at all. By way of black and white photography, you will be invited into the home and hearth of women, the familial ties that bind mothers to their daughters and vice versa. It is an intergenerational journey of unconditional love, compassion, faith and sometimes loss, heartbreak and even disappointment. Here are poems and stories of humor, exasperation, healing, and protectiveness. Here are stories about you and yours. La Palabra is a humble collective, a steady heartbeat, a clanging gong. Our publications are modest, but steeped with fierce pride and joy in the Word. An everlasting fidelity in the name of Woman.

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Light as a Feather Anthology

Light as a Feather

Compiled and Edited by Katrina K Guarascio
Available at Amazon  for $12.95.
Available at Bookworks ABQ  $10.00

“Light as a Feather transports readers into the bleak landscape experienced by so many of us who suffer from eating disorders and depression. We are swept into an exploration of bones clinking “like wind chimes,” “blubber like chain mail,” “nights so black,”and “making friends with bullets.” These poems are raw and revealing yet communicate hope through perseverance and love.”

Lucretia E. Penny Pence, Associate Professor of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies

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