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The second anthology from 3 of Cups Press, featuring 23 authors and artists exploring what it means to have a body.
The second anthology from 3 of Cups Press, featuring 23 authors and artists exploring what it means to have a body.
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Bodies: we all have them, but our relationship with our own body is completely unique and specific to us, to our background, our gender, our sexuality, our race, our faith, our health and our mind. It is an incredibly important relationship to explore. 

On Bodies is a collection of short stories, essays, poetry and art to explore the often difficult, often miraculous relationships people have with their bodies.

On Bodies is our second book and will be a B-Format paperback of around 200 pages, with french flaps.

The authors

We are very proud to announce another stellar line up of authors and artists for On Bodies.

Michael Amherst // Marta Bausells // Stephanie Boland // Sami Çapulcu // Jake Elliott // Cara English // Livia Franchini // Rosie Haward // Clouds Haberberg // Rachel Heng // Krish Jeyakumar // Umairah Malik // Rica March // Christina McDermott // Kiran Millwood Hargrave // Kasim Mohammed // S. Niroshini // Stephanie Phillips // Ari Potter // Aki Schilz // Alice Tarbuck // Rebecca Thursten // Bryony White

When will it arrive?

We're currently working on a timescale that means you should get your books in August, before our official publication date in September. 

Who are you?

3 of Cups Press is a micropublisher dedicated to providing a platform for voices otherwise unheard in the mainstream. We have a vision for a more equal, more peaceful and more inclusive world, and aim to contribute towards this by championing voices and paying all contributors for their work.

Our first book, On Anxiety, was published in January 2018 after being Kickstarted in August 2017, where it reached 100% within 4 days. 

Our board is made up of seven dedicated people from across the publishing and arts world, collectively bringing over 30 years of experience to 3 of Cups Press. We are currently all based around London. We have been featured in The Bookseller, BookBrunch and the Frankfurt Daily. 

"I loved this. It does what only the best writing can and shuts out all the noise. It is devastatingly true and wonderfully put together."  Daisy Johnson, author of Fen

Finances

The money we are asking for will primarily cover paying our contributors and cover the costs of creating, printing and distributing the book. Your contributions also are an investment in the future of 3 of Cups Press and any funds beyond our goal will go towards our future projects. As mentioned above, if we hit our stretch goal of £6k we will include a beautiful colour photograph in the book.

 More about the authors & artists

Michael Amherst is a writer and critic. His debut book Go the Way Your Blood Beats is published by Repeater Books. His short fiction has appeared in publications including The White Review and Contrappasso and been longlisted for BBC Opening Lines and Bath Short Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman, Attitude and The London Magazine, among others. He is a recipient of an award from Arts Council England and is currently working on a novel as part of a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London.

Marta Bausells is a writer and editor living in London. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Guardian, the Observer, Literary Review and Electric Literature, among others. She is literary editor at ELLE UK, European editor-at-large at Literary Hub, and a contributing editor at Oh Comely magazine. She also asks strangers on the tube about the books they're reading. She has recently spent time in Berlin on a fellowship from the International Journalists Programme. She tweets at @martabausells.

Stephanie Boland has written for the New Statesman, Asymptote, LA Review of Books and Prospect. She has a doctorate in modernist literature and lives in South London.

Sami Çapulcu is a mathematician and amateur science nerd. To date, most of her writing has been for zines and compact political flyers. She is an organiser around anti-racist and queer struggles, and plans/facilitates workshops rather than sleeping.

Jake Elliott is a writer. He lives in London.

Cara English is an Irish funeral poverty campaigner, trans rights lobbyist and chef. Her work is concerned with what constitutes the feminine under capitalism, and what role government plays in bringing about bodily dignity. You can read more about the campaigns she's involved with at Fair Funerals and Gendered Intelligence.

Livia Franchini is a writer and translator from Tuscany, Italy. Selected publications include The Quietus, 3:AM Magazine, Funhouse, LESTE, Hotel and The White Review. She has translated Natalia Ginzburg, James Tiptree Jr., Sam Riviere and Michael Donaghy among many others. In 2016 she co-founded CORDA, a journal about friendship in the time of new borders and in 2017 she was selected as a writer-in-residence for the CELA Europe project, which will see her work translated in 6 languages. She is one of the founding members of FILL, Festival of Italian Literature in London, where she lives and she is working on her first novel, as part of a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths.

Rosie Haward is a writer and podcaster based in Amsterdam, where she recently completed an MA in Critical Studies at the Sandberg Instituut. As well as writing about queerness in both fictional and theoretical modes, together with Matty Hemming she co-writes and presents the podcast Textual Feelings, which focuses on genre-bending, queer and feminist books. To see more of her work visit her website and her podcast Textual Feelings.

Clouds Haberberg is a half-Italian, London-based musician, writer, and doodler of hand-lettered profanities. This is their first published piece. Elsewhere, their work focuses on disability, mental health, queerness, and apocalyptic sun cults.

Rachel Heng is a Singaporean novelist and short story writer. Her debut novel, Suicide Club, will be published by Sceptre (UK) and Henry Holt (US) in July 2018. Translation rights have also been sold in six other countries thus far. Suicide Club is available for pre-order in hardcover, e-book and audiobook (UK/US). Rachel's short fiction has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, Prairie Schooner's Jane Geske Award, and has been recommended by the Huffington Post. Her short stories have been published in The Offing, Prairie Schooner, The Adroit Journal, the minnesota review and elsewhere. Rachel is currently a James A. Michener Fellow at UT Austin's Michener Center for Writers, pursuing her MFA in Fiction and Screenwriting. She can be found on Twitter @rachelhengqp. Krish Jeyakumar is a British-Tamil creative, born and bred in East London. They have a degree in English, a passion for photography and spend most of their time researching, writing and dreaming about hindu vedic literature. Most of their work is based around their experience as a gender confused, androgynous brown person. They can be found wandering around looking for leaves to press, or more conveniently on Twitter.

Krish Jeyakumar is a British-Tamil creative, born and bred in East London. They have a degree in English, a passion for photography and spend most of their time researching, writing and dreaming about hindu vedic literature. Most of their work is based around their experience as a gender confused, androgynous brown person. They can be found wandering around looking for leaves to press, or more conveniently on Twitter.

Umairah Malik is a freelance writer, mental health activist and bookworm. She is the blog editor for literary magazine Salomé and has written for various publications. Read her blog or follow her on twitter @theyellowpenpot

Rica March is a comic artist from Stockholm, Sweden. She enjoys working in a variety of genres, but especially likes to focus on queer representation in historical settings. Her work has been part of several comic anthologies, most notably Beyond 2: The Queer Comic Anthology by Beyond Press. You can find more of her work on her website

Christina McDermott is a writer living in Liverpool. She was born in Manchester in 1982 and graduated with a BA in History from University College London in 2004. Her work has been featured in the Guardian, Independent, Washington Post, BBC, NME and The Pool among others and she runs the social media agency Cattington. She tweets at @christinamcmc.

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet, and bestselling author of The Girl of Ink & Stars, which won the British Children’s Book of the Year, and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017, and The Island at the End of Everything, which was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, and the Blue Peter Award.

Kasim Mohammed is a 23-year-old writer based in Nottinghamshire. He works as an editorial assistant during the day and as a critic on culture to anyone who will listen at night. He is currently working on several writing projects (far too many to handle) and aspires to make the publishing industry as colourful as possible, starting with himself.

S. Niroshini is a Sri Lankan-born writer of fiction, essays and poetry raised in Australia. Her work engages with themes of gender, cultural history, migration and memory. After a brief career as a solicitor she returned to her original love of writing, performance and visual art. She lives in London. Her website is here and you can find her on Twitter here.

Stephanie Phillips is a London-based arts & culture journalist. She is also a member of black feminist punk band Big Joanie. Her work has been featured in outlets such as Noisey, Bandcamp, and Alternative Press. She contributed an essay to the 2017 anthology Under My Thumb: Songs that Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them edited by Rhian E. Jones and Eli Davies. You can follow her on Twitter or read more of her work here.

Ari Potter is a Bengali-British writer who's particularly interested in gender, mental health and cultural identity. She's previously appeared in gal-dem, Orlando and Litro. By day, she works for a health and social care charity, and, separately, has recently launched her own campaign on consent and sex education.

Aki Schilz is a Queen's Ferry Press Finalist (Best Small Fictions), and has been featured in the Wigleaf Top 50. She was the winner of the inaugural Visual Verse Prize, and the Bare Fiction Prize for Flash Fiction 2014. Her writing appears in print (inc. Synaesthesia Magazine, Year's Best Weird Fiction IV, Popshot, An Unreliable Guide to London) and online (inc. The Bohemyth, Cheap Pop Lit, The Vagina Project, And Other Poems). She is co-founder of the #LossLit project, a judge for the Bridport Prize and Creative Future Literary Awards for marginalised writers, and Director of The Literary Consultancy.

Alice Tarbuck is a writer and PhD candidate in innovative poetics and environmental humanities at the Scottish Poetry Library and Dundee University. Recent publications include an essay for Nasty Women by 404 Ink, a forthcoming essay in The Bi-ble by Monstrous Regiment. She has poetry published in Zarf, Datableed Zine, Antiphon and others, and was recently shortlisted for the Jupiter Artland Poetry Prize.

Rebecca Thursten is a British writer based in Brooklyn. She is working on a PhD at NYU and is trying to spend less time on the internet. She can be found on the internet, tweeting from @tacceber.

Bryony White is a writer based in London, UK. She is currently completing a PhD in Performance, Contemporary Art and the Law at King's College London. She has written for the TLS, LA Review of Books, ArtMonthly, and Hazlitt and recently ran a non-fiction reading series at the South London Gallery. Her work can be found at here.

Risks and challenges

This isn't our first Kickstarter, and we learned a lot about timing first time round. We've costed everything intensely (and all our costing for On Anxiety was spot on!) so really the only issue here is potential for delays on publishing. However, we've worked in a longer timescale for producing the book and are confident we can meet it. We always update our backers of changes so we will let you know if anything goes awry.

The book is about half way done as it stands, with some pieces already finished, so in terms of making the book you don't have anything to worry about.

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