I will be posting a Frog Gravy essay, as well as a Frog Gravy legal case Commonwealth brief today (I must transcribe the latter, and this will take some time).
In the meantime, I would like to direct your attention to Dr. Nandi Sojourner Crosby, PhD. She is the founder and editor at a small publishing press in California. Her website is souljournerpress.com. Here is a bit more about her publishing goals:
Soul.Journer Press evolved from a commitment to promote voices of struggle, truth, and change. In borrowing from Audre Lorde’s belief about a powerful poem, future works published by Soul.Journer Press will “punch you in the mouth from the inside.”
As you know, a sojourner is one who resides temporarily somewhere, as if needing to rest and reflect upon one’s lifelong journey. With Soul.Journer Press, we seek to promote writings that are vividly honest, well-constructed narratives of struggle, healing, and empowerment. In other words, we want to publish the depth of the human spirit. We are especially interested in reading and promoting the works of people who acknowledge accountability and who accept full responsibility for their choices in life.
We are a small press committed to creating printed and electronic books of creative nonfiction by persons who are deeply reflective and profoundly engaged in journeys toward their own fully human selves. We will promote the voices of individuals underrepresented in the readers’’ market, including prisoners, immigrants, differently-abled people, individuals not formally educated, marginalized youth, not-previously published persons, and many others. For now, our focus is mainly on publishing creative nonfiction anthologies, so that we may connect and heighten many powerful voices of honesty and candor.
I have been in contact with Dr. Nandi Crosby, and I am honored and grateful that she will be including three Frog Gravy essays in her upcoming book.
So far, only the addiction essay The Bridge of Sighs has been published (in Kentucky, 2009). I am extremely happy to see that some of the voices from women’s incarceration will be represented in her work.
I believe that Dr. Crosby has made some excellent selections.
Hannibal Mammogram ends with a most interesting comment from the officer who escorted me to a mammogram.
Fried Bologna is a good description of what the war on drugs really looks like, from an inside feminist perspective.
Meanness Among Warehoused Inmates is an absolute must-read, for a journey into the condensed madness of jail.
If there are any changes to this announcement, I will let my readers know immediately.