Swimming with Elephants Publications

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


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Featured SwEP Author: Jessica Helen Lopez

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC would like to reintroduce to you to Jessica Helen Lopez.

Jessica Helen Lopez’s chapbook, cunt.bomb., was the first book published by Swimming with Elephants Publications in December of 2013. Her follow up collection, The Language of Bleeding, was published with SwEP in preparation for her travels to Nicaragua.

Listen to Jessica Helen Lopez perform at Ted X ABQ:

Jessica Helen Lopez’s chapbook, cunt.bomb. and The Language of Bleeding, from Bookworks ABQ

or order from Amazon or Barnes and Noble today!

Already own a copy? Please write a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads, or submit a review to swimwithelephants@gmail.com for publications on this site.

 

 

Jessica Helen Lopez

JessicaRecently named one of 30 Poets in their 30’s to watch by MUZZLE magazine, Jessica Helen Lopez is a nationally recognized award-winning slam poet, and holds the title of 2012 and 2014 Women of the World (WOW) City of ABQ Champion.

She’s also a member of the Macondo Foundation. Founded by Sandra Cisneros, it is an association of socially engaged writers united to advance creativity, foster generosity, and honor community.

Her first collection of poetry, Always Messing With Them Boys (West End Press, 2011) made the Southwest Book of the Year reading list and was also awarded the Zia Book Award presented by NM Women Press.

She is the founder of La Palabra – The Word is a Woman collective created for and by women and gender-identified women. Lopez is a Ted Talk speaker alum.

You may find some of Lopez’s work at these sites –LaPalabra.abqnorthwest.com, thebakerypoetry.com, and asusjournal.org.

Her work has been anthologized in A Bigger Boat: The Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Slam Scene (UNM Press), Earth Ships: A New Mecca Poetry Collection (NM Book Award Finalist), Tandem Lit Slam (San Francisco), Adobe Walls, Malpais Review, SLAB Literary Magazine and the upcoming Courage Anthology: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (Write Bloody Press).

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Now Available: Gypsy Horses by Courtney A Butler

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC is excited to announce the release of Gypsy Horses by Courtney A Butler.

Come to her release party on December 9th from 7-8:30 at the Lomas Performance Space, 10601 Lomas Boulevard, ABQ NM.

Also at the release will be artwork from the talent Judy Marquez who created the cover of this lovely publication. Musical Guest to be announced.

“Courtney Butler has written a book that manages to be strong and fierce while remaining innocent and full of wonder. Balancing the line between jaded adult and hopeful youth while painting the clearest picture of why the writing evokes that same sentiment- this is a fun, emotionally fulfilling collection that I will enjoy the 37th time as much as the 1st. I’ll be pre-ordering her next book, as there will surely be many more.” – Wil Gibson, author of Quitting Smoking, Falling In and Out of Love, and Other Thoughts About Death

“Courtney Butler has a finesse with the image of the word, but it is her visceral emotion that feeds the reader’s need to connect on a gut level. Her words rumble throughout your body, clang around your brain and leave their stories imprinted on your heart.” ~Jessica Helen Lopez, author of Cunt.Bomb. and The Language of Bleeding

 Courtney is one of the winners of this year’s chapbook competition, judged by ABQ Poet Laureate Jessica Helen Lopez.

Courtney’s book is currently available on Amazon for $10.95.

Or Barnes and Noble for $10.95

If you can’t wait for the release, pick one up today!

 

 


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Top Five Finalists in Our Chapbook Competition

We would like to extend a warm congratulations to the top five finalists in our Chapbook Competition.

In alphabetical order, the titles of the the top five chapbooks are:

(drum roll)

The Bones of this Land

The Longest Geronimo

Pop 1280

The Promethean Clock

Space on Earth

If your title is listed please stay tuned. We will announce the winners on July 29th at the Power to the People Poetry Slam at Duel Brewery. We hope to see everyone there to support our authors and participate in our book exchange. For those unable to attend the Slam, the winners will be posted on Sunday, July 30th and contacted the following week.

If you have a publication, please consider participating our book exchange at Power to the People Poetry Slam. Our goal is to get more reviews for our publications as well as those in the community. Trade your title for one of ours or purchase SwEP titles for $5.

 

If your title is not listed, we want to send well wishes for your future poetic endeavors. Thank you for sharing your work with us and support our small press. Please consider submitting in the future.


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Top Ten Finalists for our Chapbook Competition

We would like to extend a warm congratulations to the top ten finalists in our Chapbook Competition.

In alphabetical order, the title of the the top ten chapbooks are:

(drum roll)

The Bones of this Land

Coffee and Cocaine

Diesel and Decay

Float True

The Longest Geronimo

Pop 1280

The Promethean Clock

Space on Earth

This too Shall Pass

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

If your title is listed please stay tuned. We will release the top 5 next week and announce the winners on July 29th at the Power to the People Poetry Slam at Duel Brewery. We hope to see everyone there to support our authors and participate in our book exchange.

If your title is not listed, we want to send well wishes for your future poetic endeavors. Thank you for sharing your work with us and support our small press. Please consider submitting in the future.


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To All Who Entered Our Chapbook Competition…

To All Who Entered Our Chapbook Competition…

Our guest judge, the unmitigated Jessica Helen Lopez, is working diligently to make her way through all the submissions. We plan on releasing a top ten this weekend, then narrowing it down to the top five the following weekend.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners will be named at the Power to the People Poetry Event at Duel Brewery on July 29th.

Swimming with Elephants Publications is going to host a book exchange at this event. Bring your book/chapbook/publication and trade it for another from the community. The goal is to increase book reviews for all participates and to get your book into the hands of more readers. We will also have books for sale for $5.

Thank you again for all who submitted and thank you for your continued support!