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Process Press is dedicated to poetry, essays and short stories concerned with pressing social issues. We currently accept submissions on a rolling basis.


We consider:

Short poems, no longer than a single page in length.

Essays and short stories no longer than 1500 words.


To submit to Process Press fill out the form below. Do not put your entire work in the pitch section – simply tell us a little bit about the work and we will contact you via email with further instructions if we are interested in exploring the work further.



darwin_colorPersonally, I have always been a huge fan of Charles Darwin. A really big fan. When The  American Philosophical Society invited submissions from poets and artists prior to their February 2010 events to commemorate Darwin, I was ready.

A poem I started as a teenager came to mind the moment I read about the call for submissions. The Network for New Music was asking for poetry that would be transformed into new classical music compositions for a project they called Dialogues with Darwin. Eric Daino was one of the musicians that chose my poem “Sand Walk”. You can listen to the entire song here.

If you know me at all, you know I was not done there. Made one more submission and a poem I wrote, among many other works, was selected by Lisa Anne Auerbach and designed by Roman Jaster. Their interpretation of my poem Variations, thank you very much. can be seen at the link, the entire project can be seen at The Tract House.

There are many things about scientific exploration that directly effects art. The levels of science in art are extensive. Not only does science aid in the production of pigments and devices, but in understanding of light and sound, making science itself a fundamental part of creating many arts. In this instance, Charles Darwin and his thoughts on childhood illnesses (which took the life of his daughter), his work on observing nature, and the thought processes that accompanied the revolutionary ideas he was able to express, were my inspiration.

Come to The Fire for A Good Cause!
Burlesque and Beers, Pitties and …. you get the picture.
Love them Pitties

All proceeds go to Pittie of Love!

Pittie of Love is a 501c3 non-profit, Philadelphia based, animal welfare organization dedicated to matching adoptable animals with the right homes and promoting the humane treatment and training of all animals. We are a network of volunteers and foster homes. All of our adoptable animals are in foster care, living with our volunteers until the right permanent home is found. We strive to give them the best possible care while they are with us, and to place them in homes that will do the same. We have a soft spot for pit bull type dogs, since they are often misunderstood and have a great need for rescue.

MC’d by the Mighty Flipside

Burlesque Dancing by:

Bette Machette, Producer of Revel Oddity and RagBag Productions

Nikki Malicious, Co-Creator of Philadelphia’s own Pastie-Kakes

Velvet Kensington

Music By:

Andrew Davis, of Revel Oddity

Ang and the Damn Band

Shannon Turner

Sponsored by :

The Fire

Pittie of Love

Yards Brewery

F. A. N.

Ceremony Tattoo Studios

Fireball Printing

Philadelphia’s Bonnie MacAllister is fusing art and social statements. With her latest fiber works, she is embroidering images of influential women around the world, and you can see her work for yourself during the annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tours POST East dates, featuring studios east of Broad Street, on October 3 and 4.

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What I wanna say is
did you cry as much as I did yesterday

but what I say instead is
and I blush
and smile
and look down.
We talk about babies
and we talk about birthdays
and we talk about living for our children
we talk about everything but
our shared pain

and i think- because of my color

you have every right to think

i could not understand

and that even my tears

could not be the same.

But instead it becomes

a momentary effort

to relieve our pain.

Brother Ali – Writer’s Block (prod. Jake One):

So very excited to be in the latest issue of Metropolarity.  Get your copy at the link.

It’s all I have to bring today (26)

Emily Dickinson

It’s all I have to bring today—
This, and my heart beside—
This, and my heart, and all the fields—
And all the meadows wide—
Be sure you count—should I forget
Some one the sum could tell—
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.

For many years I worked to reduce incarceration rates and eliminate the most harsh and inhumane aspects of imprisonment. This work is difficult, tireless, confusing, intensely rewarding, and I truly hope there is a day in my lifetime when the current system of mass incarceration is seriously restructured and the prison population drastically reduced.

It is estimated that over 1 Billion people on parole are likely to be re-incarcerated and each year approximately half a million people are released from prison and sent back into communities. 40% of the millions of people currently incarcerated in the United States have not been convicted of a crime and thousands of incarcerated juveniles are there for things like “running away, truancy, and incorrigibility.”

Tiffany Williams’ poem Day 7 spoke to me. Her ability to keep the feeling of vulnerability and an urgent desire to protect someone comes through delicately at first, and then fiercely. The inability to know what comes of this missing youngster pervading the end, the reason for the visit by the police only slightly illuding the reader, but knowing that things had gone very wrong despite people giving their best effort.

In the notes on the poem, Williams says that one of the young people that inspired the poem was a young woman ‘in the system’ who had ran away. That happens so often, and can be difficult for some people to understand – Williams in her poem clearly understands how those who have gone uncared for can eventually resist care, even seeing it as a trap, because it is foreign. That the department of human services ultimately offers very few alternatives to abuse and neglect so that the juvenile incarceration system and juvenile homeless rates have been growing. A lifetime within a community familiar with prison life can be difficult to cycle out of, to stop replicating, and unlike any movie you may see with a baseball wielding principal or sensitive writer, rarely does the brief appearance of a person in ones life completely alter that life’s course. A progression out of a world of illegality and violence takes time, Williams’ poem grasps this. The poem also grasps that sometimes, you try all you can, and it changes nothing. That sometimes things simply are how they shall be.


Read all of Tiffany Williams’ poems Day 7 at The 5-2 Crime Poetry Weekly 


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