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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Our Year, Our Future

YouMustBeThisTallFront CoverThank you to everyone who have followed Swimming with Elephants Publications and to all those whom we met in 2016.

This year meet with some rocky times, and SwEP did not escape some of that downfall. We slumped in sales which lead to fewer publications than in past years. We had to end our quarterly anthology series due to lack of funds and low submissions. Also, a powerful project, entitled “Woke,” fell through which lead to disappointment for this Editor in Chief.

Quitting SmokingHowever, the year can not be denied some excellent successes. We have had some amazing author’s join our Parade including Wil Gibson, SaraEve Fermin, and Jennifer E. Hudgens.

One of our most popular titles, They Are All Me by Dominique Christina, has been picked up by the Women’s and Gender’s Studies, Sociology, Public Health, and Gender/Cultural Studies Department at Simmons College in Boston, MA. Also, one of our authors, Manuel Gonzalez of …But My Friends Call Me Burque, was named ABQ Poet Laureate and continues to perform prolifically around the New Mexico.

We also continue with our charitable causes by participated in putting together anthologies for All Access and Voces, an ABQ based youth program. We continue to work closely with various members of the community to create publications to spread awareness and give the youth a voice.

Most importantly haven’t gone bankrupt yet and are hopeful that we will be able to fund future projects.

51aybmbjcsl-_sx311_bo1204203200_The new year looks promising with an upcoming release from Gigi Bella, a chapbook contest guest judged by Jessica Helen Lopez, along with some other hopefuls projects peaking around the corners.

We have also started a new monthly feature series and have already received a grip of submissions. Learn more about this series here and keep those submissions coming.

If you are one of our authors, please remember that your success does depend on your hustle. We will support you in every way possible, but the best (and most profitable) way to get your books into people’s hands is to place them there yourself. Share your work publicly by booking features or mini tours.

If you are one of our readers, please continue to check out our latest publications and submit reviews to Amazon, Goodreads, or send us a review for the website. We are always looking for more reviews and more readers.

Thank you to all for your support. We will be seeing you in 2017.

 

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People of the Sun Live at the Draft Station: A Review


People of the Sun / Gente del Sol

A Review

The People of the Sun is an emerging performance group made up of some very talented people credited with Albuquerque Fame.

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The group, a threesome at its core, consists of Jessica Helen Lopez, former ABQ Poet Laurette, a nationally recognized published author with West End Press and Swimming with Elephants Publications, Manuel Gonzalez, current ABQ Poet Laurette and youth advocate, also published by Swimming with Elephants Publications, and Glenn “Buddha” Benavidez, of Reviva and Stoic Frame fame who also performs solo as DJ Buddhafunk. With a core group of that quality, this newly formed performance group holds high promise as a potential powerhouse.

15541997_10207301684411816_2884333723261827441_nOn December 17th, the People of the Sun played their third show at the Draft Station in Albuquerque New Mexico. The venue offered a comfortable environment, good beer, and friendly enthusiastic patrons.

Opening with a meditative Chakra jam session and closing with a similar jam, the sandwich material was engaging, entertaining, varied, and compelling. Well received spoken word performances by Lopez and Gonzalez mixed with the professional beats of Benavidez created a show that is unique and inimitable.

15622196_10207301685131834_6545859473532425450_nBecause the group strives to represent community, other local poets were invited to perform with the group throughout the evening. Local poets, including Gina Marselle, Katrina K Guarascio, and Bill Nevins, fellow Reviva menstrual, Jerel Garcia, and local artist John Barney, who had a table in the corner where he created magnificent artistic renderings of the performances (represented in this review) throughout the evening, all contributed to the eclectic festivities of the evening.

The show ran roughly three hours with a couple of breaks for conversation and collaboration creating an incredible comfortable and open environment.

Find People of the Sun – Performance Art Collective on Facebook for more information and keep your eye open for future shows featuring this group in and around Albuquerque.


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The road to Nationals is paved with blood, sweat, tears…

write, mamabird.

…and good intentions.

So maybe the last bit is a little bit of a cliche, but it is, thus far, the truth. As a first-time national slam team member, there might have been more tears than I realized I was signing up for (no blood, yet; but I think Katrina Guarascio might have spilled a few drops when she kicked a table this one time at practice). Buckets of sweat puddle the city in all of our practice spots (it’s been a hot summer, y’all), and plenty of good intention as we #SpitFreeSpeech and #SpitTheTruth in all of the poetry we’ve written together as a team.

So far, what I’ve learned is that not only is group writing, memorizing, and reciting really hard at times, it’s equally rewarding. And aside from that, since it was a lesson I’ve mentioned multiple times before, I’ve learned that we’re not your typical slam…

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Titles for Retirement

 

A quick note to our follows to inform you that a few of our titles will be retired at the end of March. The reason for the retirement is either due to author choice, out dated anthology, or poor sales.

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The following titles will be no longer available as of April 1, 2015:

Cumulus Collections

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To the Last Word 2014

To Anyone Who Has Ever Loved a Writer