January Press Updates + Announcing Our Shortlist!
AWP, our first ever shortlist, and more!
We hope you are having a peaceful start to the new year! We’ve been working on exciting things behind the scenes here at Abode. Welcome to our first newsletter of 2024!
We have signed on to a joint statement in solidarity with Palestine for Texas literary entities— if you would like to join this initiative, you can fill out this form here.
We also posted the following statement in solidarity with Palestine on our social media this week and want to open our newsletter with it as well:
We’ll be at AWP in Kansas City next month. Say hi if you see us!
Offsite event: A VERY QUEER BIPOC READING! Hosted by Texas literary organizations Abode Press, Infrarrealista Review, Host Publications, & Porter House Review, join us for an evening filled with talented queer BIPOC writers, including KB Brookins, aureleo sans, Bri Gonzalez, mónica teresa ortiz, Stephanie Niu, m. mick powell, Dee Lalo Garcia, Monica Prince, Laura Villarreal, & Jessica Nirvana Ram
Where: Nighthawk, Kansas City, MO
When: February 7th, 7-9pm
Masks strongly encouraged!
Founder and Director Diamond Braxton will be joining Juania Sueños, Murphy Anne Carter, Claire Bowman, and Cyrus Gray on the panel Publishing as Activism: Amplifying Marginalized Voices
When: February 8th, 3:20-4:25pm
Table: Find us at Table 3335 during the bookfair with Defunkt Magazine. We will have postcards, bookmarks, and a special deal on our 2024 workshops
At Abode, we believe offering affordable workshops is important so all writers can have access to writing tools and community engagement. All of our workshops are virtual and are offered on a sliding scale, starting at $10.
Thank you so much for the incredible response to our call for proposals! We now have workshops on varying themes scheduled through December facilitated by incredible writers in our community. Check out all of our offerings here (a few more will be added over the next week or so).
Next month, we have The Art of Writing...About the Art of Writing taught by Poetry Editor SG Huerta
When: Feb 20, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CST
What: This workshop will dive into the complexities of writing about writing through ars poetica: poetry written about the art of poetry. Though this workshop is grounded in poetics, writers of all genres can take away insights on the value of writing about writing! Will you write an ars poetica or an anti poetica?
We’ll admit— this is a long shortlist, particularly in poetry! (Our poetry editor estimated that 15% of subs made it to the shortlist). We had incredibly challenging decisions to make in every genre. Thank you so much to everyone who sent us their incredible work. In no particular order, a very special thank you to the following writers who were shortlisted during this reading period.
A Glorious Fire by R Joseph Rodriguez
sampaguita as alien species by Yvanna Vien Tica
The Jordan Rules by Jet Butler
BAMIDBAR by Aliyah Blattner
Offerings to a Tumbled Temple by Leticia Urieta
Across the Water by Verna Zafra-Kasala
Sipestisyon by Mckendy Fils-Aime
griefnotes by Audrey Gidman
In Mo(u)rning by Peter Faziani
restland by Nicholas Barnes
facts from when you were lost by Ashley Varela
micro.climates by David Maduli
WHERE HAS MY SOUL GONE? by Kate Rose
We like to Party by Julian Martinez
Blood Quantum & Other Hate Crimes by Marsheila Rockwell
The Orishas of South beach by Geoffrey Philp
Some Notes on Source Text by Bridget Kriner
Colonial Dysphoria Hunger by Esteban Santis
Gold: A Trans-Retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Robin Gow
Hormonal House by Ashwini Gangal
Some Scars Never Go Away by Sudha Balagopal
Reusables by Tuan Phan
Speaking in Spanglish by L Vocem
We’re so grateful to have been trusted with these manuscripts. Stay tuned for our 2024-2025 catalog announcement!
Thank you for supporting Abode in 2023 and beyond. We can’t wait to see what 2024 brings. Until next time!
Abode Press is an intersectional, anti-racist, anti-colonial 501(c)3 nonprofit publishing press dedicated to uplifting underrepresented voices. If you have the means, consider making a tax-deductible donation to Abode! On top of helping us attend AWP and other community events, donations help us cover printing and distribution, press tools and software, and author advances. You can also become a paid subscriber right here!