“I write from a continuous space of erasure. Poetry was the one way that I was able to hold onto…my history, geography, and language.”
These words of Craig Santos Perez, an indigenous Chamoru from the island of Guam, capture and inspire a sense of urgency. As Layli Long Soldier tells us, “Everything is in the language we use.” Among peoples whose stories have been forcibly withheld, each poem contains a trace of that erasure, a record of what is lost as well as made more whole.
In this anthology of Indigenous poetry, the first of its kind, Tupelo Press is eager to celebrate a more complete version of the story we tell—about ourselves, our past, and what is possible in language. We are proud to feature new work by Michael Wasson, Linda Hogan, Santee Frazier, Luci Tapahonso, Layli Long Soldier, Ray Young Bear, Ishmael Hope, and more. Every poet will present new poems, as well as an original essay, and a selection of resonant work chosen from previous generations of Native artists.
WHY POETRY AND ESSAYS?
By placing reflective prose in conversation with poetry, we are expanding the possibilities for discussions of craft as currently imagined in the classroom and in the community more generally. While for centuries American schools have taught the English literary tradition and Western history, our thinking and our writing about poetry does not fully represent of the richness and complexity of American literature.
Our anthology is intended to embody the dynamic and ongoing conversations that take place in Indigenous poetry through writerly craft across generational, geographic, and stylistic divides. This anthology will showcase a broad range of Indigenous writers working today and will offer an invitation to enter the richness of their explorations as these continue to unfold around us.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We hope you will join Tupelo Press in publishing this necessary anthology of contemporary indigenous writing. Your contributions will be applied directly to the production costs for what promises to be a stunningly made volume, one that celebrates the work that appears in its pages through the beauty of its design, and even more importantly, the care with which it is brought to life as a printed book.
Projected expenses include the cover design, the design of the book’s interior, professional proofreading, professional line-editing, permissions for including previously published work, and printing copies of the anthology.
THIS STUNNING BOOK
Since its inception in 2001, Tupelo Press has established a reputation for producing artisan quality editions of poetry, literary fiction, and creative nonfiction. Our indigenous anthology, through its aesthetic appeal, the beauty of the book itself, and our team’s careful attention to detail, will honor the exciting voices selected for inclusion in this volume. No other publisher in America approaches the production standards of Tupelo Press. When considering design, quality, and overall craft of a printed volume, we have quickly established ourselves as the new standard among independent literary presses.
ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY'S EDITORS
An Indigenous daughter of the West, CMarie Fuhrman was born in Southwest Colorado and has lived in various rural towns of states all along the Rocky Mountains. She has earned degrees in Exercise Physiology, English and American Indian Studies and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Idaho where she co-teaches Native Literature and Ethnic Studies classes and is associate poetry editor for Fugue. Cindy’s poetry has been featured in Broadsided Press’s NoDapl compilation, two anthologies, and several literary journals including Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, and Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art. She is recipient of the Burns Award for poetry and multiple fellowships. Her current project, The Problem of My Body, focuses on the forced sterilization of Native women. CMarie divides her time between Moscow and McCall, Idaho.
Dean Rader publishes widely in the fields of poetry, American Indian studies, and visual/popular culture. His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize. His recent collection, Landscape Portrait Figure Form, (Omnidawn Chapbook Series 2014) was named by the Barnes & Noble Review as one of the Best Books of Poetry of the year. In 2016, he won the Common Good Books Prize (judged by Garrison Keillor) and in 2015 was the recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Memorial Award (judged by Stephen Burt). He has also written scholarly books, including Engaged Resistance: Contemporary American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI (University of Texas Press, 2011), which won the Beatrice Medicine Award for Excellence in American Indian Scholarship and Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2001, edited with Janice Gould). He is a professor at the University of San Francisco. For more information, visit his website.
ABOUT THE PUBLISHER
Tupelo Press, Inc., which released its first five books in fall 2001, is an independent, literary press devoted to discovering and publishing works of poetry, literary fiction, and creative nonfiction by emerging and established writers. Tupelo Press is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit company.
Additionally, Tupelo Press prides itself on bringing visibility to gifted writers of color, female authors, and writers from the LGTBQ+ community. These efforts to celebrate and honor voices that historically have been underrepresented in literary publishing are truly an integral part of our mission, comprising a substantial part of our catalogue. Our books and our authors have been recognized with numerous awards, including the Whiting Award, the Lannan Literary Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, the San Francisco State University Poetry Center Book Award, Norma Farber First Book Award, NEA Literature Fellowships and the Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Open Book Award, and many other honors.
Here is an enhanced description of some of the rewards we are offering. See the Kickstarter list above and to the right for details of how to make a contribution and redeem your rewards. Thank you for your support!
Donate any amount and we will proudly post a public thank you via social media. The names of those who give $1000 or more will be printed in each and every copy of the anthology!
Other rewards include...
Letterpress Broadsides. Each of our broadsides are hand-printed by award-winning designer Joseph Beery, hand-numbered, and signed by the author of the featured poem.
A Gift Subscription to Tupelo Press. You will be the first to receive our 2019 subscription series! With a Tupelo Press subscription, you’ll receive a year of poetry books, delivered to your door. A total of nine titles will be delivered to your door! Read more about Tupelo Press's yearly subscription here.
Poetry Manuscript Reviews from the Editors of Tupelo Press. Read praise for their editing and mentoring!
Writer's retreat weekends for two. You'll be hosted at the Tupelo Press artist loft in the beautiful Berkshire mountains. Luxury accommodations, gourmet kitchen, walking distance to Mass MoCA, only a few miles from the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the many wonders of Northwestern Massachusetts/Southwestern Vermont....
And of course, copies of our beautiful anthology, which will be printed with your help. Thank you for believing in the transformative possibilities of poetry!
ABOUT OUR TEAM
Jeffrey Levine – Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
Jeffrey Levine founded Tupelo Press in 1999. With undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that include English literature, law, music performance and poetry, Jeffrey Levine brings a wealth of experience and a broad range of expertise in related disciplines to the work he does for Tupelo Press. Jeffrey Levine earned his MFA in Poetry from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, and is himself an award winning poet. His first book of poetry, Mortal, Everlasting, won the Transcontinental Poetry Award from Pavement Saw Press in 2001, and his second book, Rumor of Cortez, was shortlisted as an L.A. Times Poetry Book of the Year in 2006. For more information, visit his website.
Kristina Marie Darling - Associate Editor-in-Chief
Kristina Marie Darling is the author of twenty-seven books of poetry, most recently Ghost / Landscape (with John Gallaher; BlazeVox Books, 2016) and the forthcoming Dark Horse (C&R Press, 2017). Her awards include three residencies at Yaddo, where she has held the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency for a Poet, as well as a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, a Fundacion Valparaiso Fellowship, and three residencies at the American Academy in Rome. She is the recipient of grants from the Whiting Foundation and Harvard University’s Kittredge Fund. Her poems appear in New American Writing, The Harvard Review, The Mid-American Review, Poetry International, Passages North, Nimrod, and many other magazines. She has published essays in Agni, The Gettysburg Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Iowa Review, The Literary Review, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She is Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Quarterly and a contributing writer at Publishers Weekly.
Jim Schley – Managing Editor
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Jim Schley moved to New England in the mid-1970s to attend Dartmouth College, where he majored in Creative Writing and Native American Studies. In 1986 he earned a Master of Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers. Jim is former co-editor of the literary quarterly New England Review (1980-86), production editor for University Press of New England (1992-93), and managing editor then editor-in-chief for the book publisher Chelsea Green (1993-2002). He has also edited more than a hundred and fifty books on a diversity of subjects. From 2006 through 2008, Jim was executive director of The Frost Place museum and poetry center in Franconia, New Hampshire. For more information, please visit his website.
Cassandra J. Cleghorn, PhD – Poetry Editor
Dr. Cassandra Cleghorn is a poet and educator who received her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, 1983 and her PhD in American Studies from Yale, 1995. She has been a Senior Lecturer in English and American Studies at Williams College, Williamstown, MA, for 14 years. She was 2000 Finalist in Poetry for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant, and she recently released a recording, "Merge," a spoken word and jazz-fusion CD in collaboration with three musicians. A second CD is currently in production. Her poems and essays have been published in The Yale Review, The Paris Review, and Tin House, among other notable journals.
Marie Gauthier - Director of Sales & Marketing
Marie Gauthier is a Franklin County Regional Representative for Mass Poetry, curator of the Collected Poets Series, and founding president of the League of Women Voters of Franklin County – MAL Unit. Author of the chapbook Hunger All Inside and recipient of a 2008 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, her poems have appeared in Cave Wall, Poetry Northwest, The Common, and elsewhere.
Sarah Russell - Director of Operations
Prior to joining TP, Sarah worked for sales and marketing for a large internet company and also designed and edited her own online lifestyle publication, Return to Sender. A writer at heart, she studied creative writing with a concentration in poetry at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and continued to study creative writing in graduate school at University of Essex in Colchester, UK. Sarah has particular interest in translated poetry as well as epistolary poetry, the latter the topic of her master’s dissertation. Sarah is also the Managing Editor of Tupelo Quarterly.
Risks and challenges
Publishing always carries the risk of unforeseen complications and costs. While we are extremely experienced in the field and confident in our due diligence, we expect that something will come up during the editing, design, and printing process. We have prepared for this by leaving room in the budget to accommodate such occurrences.
Another potential challenge is the time needed to complete editing and design elements of a project consisting of an estimated 300 pages. Taking into account these factors, we expect to send the volume to the printer in August of 2018.
In that we have nearly 20 years of experience in bidding out every aspect of publishing projects, we are confident in the preparation we have done and the professionals with whom we are working. Provided we can secure the funding needed (with your help), we do not foresee any major stumbling blocks in completing this project on-budget and on-time!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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