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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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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.