Now Available: disaster in die / an overdose sunrise by bassam

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC is excited to announce the release of “disaster in die / an overdose sunrise,” a chapbook of poetry by bassam.

“bassam’s ‘disaster in die / an overdose sunrise’ is the third and final installment of a trilogy of poetry collections that I have awaited with bated breath. The first two collections in this trilogy are grim expositions of the intersections of being a marginalized being in an oppressive white supremacist world and the ways that marginalized beings find humour and celebration despite the odds. This final book in the trilogy continues this narrative but, supplies hope for the reader and the world. Hope that in spite and despite of the miseries of oppression, joy and oppression can coexist. Reminiscent of Alicia T. Crosby’s poignant poem ‘If I Should Die Before I’m Woke’ , bassam does not leave their sins and transgressions unexamined. Instead, they cringe at their own missteps and keep themselves accountable, while upholding the standard that they deserve no accolades for this. What they do is simply the bare minimum. ‘disaster in die / an overdose sunrise’ is an authentic, raw and vulnerably poignant book that proves that poetry is magic and that poets are not magicians, but simply vessels for the magic to flow through.”

—Mugabi Byenkya, author of Dear Philomena

Order ‘disaster in die/ an overdose sunrise‘ and ‘bliss in die/ unbinging the underglow‘ from all major book distributors today.

bassam is currently on tour throughout Canada and the United States, promoting their publications. Check out their tour schedule to them in a town near you!

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Light as a Feather: an anthology of resilience Now Available

Now Available from Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC

Light as a Feather: an anthology of resilience

This collection differs from our first edition of Light as a Feather in that it focuses solely and specifically on eating disorders. We have carried over some of the previous works as well as incorporated many new stories and poems reflecting issues of body dysmorphia, food addiction, and other ailments which fall into the category of eating disorders.

If you have suffered from an eating disorder or know someone who has a disorder, there may be solace in this collection.

Click here to order a copy from Amazon

or

Join us at Bookworks Albuquerque on March 3rd from 3-4 for our book release. 

Edited by Courtney Butler, this collections contains work from writers around North America, including Katrina K GuarascioSaraEve Fermin, BassamHeather GrimesBlythe BairdLaura BurgessSadof Alexander, and many more!

“This collection is a wrenchingly painful, honest, and ultimately beautiful depiction of what people with eating disorders struggle through. Part of the insidiousness of disordered eating is that it operates so definitively in secrecy. It is characterized by locked bathroom doors, midnight binges, furtively skipped meals, and deeply held shame. Shame thrives in darkness, and this book brings in light. It shines on all the pain that is so often hidden away, and in doing so is a message of resilience, healing, and hope.”

~Amanda Knoll, MA, LPC 

Get our 2018 Anthology for only $7.95

Due to a successful fundraising event during the month of December, we are able to pass on our good fortune to our amazing readers.

For the month of January 2019, you can purchase our 2018 Anthology: Parade for only $7.95 plus free shipping through Amazon Prime. Click here to order today!

Our goal as a publisher of predominately poetry collections is to get the words of our writers into the hands of our readers, and what better way than to lower the price!

We have many new publications released during 2018, including chapbooks by Paulie Lipman, Bassam, and Manual Montoya,  and full length poetry collections by Wil Gibson, Mary & Aja Oishi, and Beau Williams. But this particular anthology contains work by all of them and many more. Get a wonderful sampling of what Swimming with Elephants Publications does and the work we produce and then find more books by these authors from us or other small presses.

Bassam on Wax Poetic

Swimming with Elephants Publications’ own Bassam was interviewed by Wax Poetic, a Canadian based poetry podcast that you can listen to for FREE! (and as poets, we sure love free things, don’t we?) They talk about their SWEP release, bliss in die/unbinging the underglow and more…

bliss in die

You can check out the podcast here!

And don’t forget to like Bassam on Facebook and support them further by buying their book on Amazon; while you’re there, don’t forget to check out their new release from Gen Z Publishing!

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Bassam Bassam(they/them or xe/xim) is a spoken word poet, proud auntie, and settler residing on the traditional territory of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant (Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendatt, and Mississaugas of the New Credit). they are a member of the League of Canadian Poets, an executive board member with Spoken Word Canada, and has toured Turtle Island performing spoken word. Bassam earned title of national poetry slam champion at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) in 2016 with the Guelph Poetry Slam team, and Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) finalist in 2017. they were editor-in-chief for ‘these pills don’t come in my skin tone’, a poetry collection exclusively by Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) on the topic of mental health and illness, released in fall 2017. a (gender)queer, Jewish person of Middle-Eastern descent and a long-time sufferer of body dysmorphia, bipolar and eating disorders, bassam believes in radical kindness as resistance to colonization, that there is no peace without justice, and that intersectionality is vital in the struggle against kyriarchy.