Several of my pieces have just been published in an anthology called You are Not Alone: Stories from the Frontlines of Womanhood. The anthology was inspired by the hashtag #Yesallwomen and was a collaborative effort between editor Leah Carey and ten active participants she chose from the hashtag. The book is all about the experiences of discrimination, harassment, and dehumanization that women experience just for being women. Below is the cover of the book, a video sample of one of my pieces within it, and the book’s first endorsement.
If any of you have been following my blog for a little while you might remember one of my early posts in which I described some writing I’ve been doing on the subject of Autonomy and the right to consent in all chosen collectives. I’ve been writing about these subjects on another blog called All Things Debated and on a Facebook page I made. Finally, just this last August, I self-published my second ebook and first on the subject called The Autonomous Manifesto.
The Autonomous Manifesto is a collection of my essays, rants, and poetry on the subject of autonomy. It’s free for download on Smashwords.com.
For those who don’t know, the first ebook I ever self-published is called What Makes a Mean Girl, and is a collection of poems on negative experiences in sex relations and attempts to find one’s way back to an actual connection with humanity. The poems are short and unpolished, since I mostly just wanted to know I could publish something myself. I’m also the model on the cover.
My next self-published ebook will be called What Makes a Man Eater, and will be a larger collection of poems continuing where What Makes a Mean Girl left off. It will further flesh-out the stories with more polished poetry. I’m hoping to release that anthology by this coming October.
I can’t think of a single person I know who hasn’t heard my rambling that I would one day release my first poetry anthology. I’ve talked about it for two years. I’ve edited dozens of poems I’ve squirreled away and each of those poems can still use a lot more editing…but I’ve done it. I’ve finally self-published my first ebook poetry anthology entitled “What Makes a Mean Girl.”
In the time I obsessively worked on the completion of this anthology I ignored or missed out on some important things – bills, grocery shopping, friends birthday parties, activism events, among others. I would like to apologize to those people I promised socialization or any other form of interaction with in the time it took me to complete my anthology. I didn’t know it at the time, but my work had no intention of letting me go anywhere until it was finished.
This is my first self-publication but won’t be my last. I have a lot of exciting projects on the way including a 2nd edition of this anthology with more poems, more photography, and more artwork that I hope to publish by this time next year.