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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.

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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.

 

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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.

My latest essay – part of a discussion on education in Philadelphia happening at WHYY Newsworks’ Speakeasy

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/speak-easy/speak-easy-feature/item/74297-charter-and-district-schools-should-not-be-at-odds-my-family-relies-on-both

Brother Ali – Writer’s Block (prod. Jake One): http://youtu.be/06qWAClqh9I

Lay then the axe to the root, and teach governments humanity.  It is their sanguinary punishments which corrupt mankind. In England,  the punishment in certain cases, is by hanging,  drawing , and quartering; the heart of the sufferer is cut out, and held up to the view  of the populace. In France, under the former government, punishment were no less barbarous. Who does not remember the execution of Damien, torn to pieces by horses? The effect of those cruel spectacles exhibited to the populace, is to destroy tenderness, or excite revenge; and by the base and false idea of governing men by terror, instead of reason, they become precedents. It is over the lowest class of mankind that government by terror is intended to operate, and it is on them that it operates to the worst effect. They have sense enough to feel they are the objects aimed at; and they inflict in their turn the examples of terror they have been instructed to practice.

My latest essay includes a 200 year old letter from Thomas Jefferson, religious tolerance, LGBTQ rights and a local university in a discrimination controversy. 

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/speak-easy/speak-easy-feature/item/71019-eastern-university-alumni-fighting-a-request-to-discriminate&Itemid=219&linktype=hp_speakeasy?linktype=mst_share

In 2013 I was fortunate enough to have Tysheerah Johnson contact me and ask to volunteer against the death penalty in Pennsylvania. She was writing her senior paper on the death penalty and wanted to complete her required volunteer service with me, researching and writing about the death penalty as well as meeting people affected by the death penalty personally. When I asked her what brought her to have such a strong opinion on the death penalty she told me it was because her uncle was currently serving time on death row, for a crime she and her family insist he did not commit.*

Tysheerah’s family has put much of what they have into sustaining their family and helping their incarcerated family members. Leaving Tysheerah with a need for assistance as she proceeds into college, the first member of her family to do so. I am reaching out so we can help her succeed. While she has a few grants and loans, works as a hostess at a center city restaurant, and has been saving money all summer, there is much she still needs to prepare for.

From buying books, and class items to hotpots, linens and dormitory items, there is much a young woman must prepare for when going off to college. These include monetary items, but also shared wisdom.

If you can donate any of those, she would appreciate it. During the summers she will be looking for internship opportunities related to her studies, and contact from people in working in criminal justice would be extremely helpful to her. Every person who makes a donation can receive information from Tysheerah to update on her progress.

On August 10, 2014 Tysheerah’s family will be having a party for her and I will be attending, she is registered at Target for some of the things she needs. If you would like to make a donation to help Tysheerah please contact me.

 

 

Below are words from Tysheerah.

My name is Tysheerah Johnson and I recently graduated from Parkway Northwest High School. This fall I will be attending ESU (East Stroudsburg University) for sociology. Going to college is a big step in my life for many reasons. Not only will I be preparing for my future career as a criminologist but I will be making my family proud. In just a few months I will be the first in my family to attend college. Something positive is exactly what they need after some of the disappointing news they have had this past year. Like my father being incarcerated and my uncles appeal being dragged out. My mother has sacrificed a lot for me to be able to follow my dream and I would like to show her that it was worth it.
College would be the start of something new. I will be on my own for the first time, making my own decisions and following my own path toward a brighter future as an criminologist. Someone who analyze data from crimes to determine why they were committed and how to prevent these crimes from reoccurring. My work will consist of studying behavior patterns, backgrounds and sociological trends of those being accused of a crime. I find myself to be passionate about this career path because I believe that it is important to know why crimes occur. If we are able to read people and understand why they do things we will probably be able to detect signs of criminal behavior early and prevent future crimes from ever taking place. I figured out exactly what I wanted to be while working on my senior project. It focused on the death penalty and how something so cruel shouldn’t exists in our judicial system. People should be allowed a second chance because the circumstances of each crime differ and in order to understand that we have to remain open minded and and try to understand both sides of the situation.

In order to make my dream come true I plan on working the entire summer. Every penny earned will go toward helping my mother pay for my tuition of 16,000 a year. To help get everything I need for living on my own I will have a trunk party to get as much as possible to help shorten the list of things I need to buy. As for my tuition I plan on taking out a small loan to help cover the cost of my payment plan.

These next four years of my life will determine the rest of my life and hopefully everything turns out for the best.

 

*Because of the sensitivity of the issue, Tysheerah and her family do not want to publicly name her uncle for this purpose (they already receive death threats) but the relationship has been confirmed and further information can be provided if requested.