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as summer creeps in with 100 degree heat and scorching sun, it is easy to stay sequestered in the air conditioning. the past year of quarantine has made the inside seem safer than before. deciding to leave the comfort of inside and run errands or accomplish tasks can sometimes be a hard choice.

there is a scorpion which appeared inside sometime in the middle of the night. it sits at the intersection of the wall and ceiling above the bed. like the infamous cat, he is neither dangerous nor not dangerous. if I grab a broom to sweep him down, he may not fall in the trajectory I would prefer and wind up in my hair, under the bed, or somewhere I can’t see him. if I leave him there and have to leave the house, what if he isn’t there when I return?

we have some great projects coming your way. as these projects develop it may seem like we are quiet or in hibernation. perhaps we are perched at the intersection of the wall and ceiling, waiting. perhaps we are just safe inside. but exciting things are coming.

Regina Jamison, the guest editor of SHE: Seen. Heard. Engaged., is working to finalize the anthology and get it out soon.

we are booking events and readings for both PW Covington and Joshua Bridgwater Hamilton. both of them have released amazing work with us. if you haven’t yet, grab a copy. if you want them to read where you’re at, just contact us. they both also do workshops!

the 1st Quarter Preventable Gun Violence Project is a huge passion project we are working on. we need a LOT more poets and artists to get involved and make this a reality. it is important and we need your help.

Keriann Gilson has her debut chapbook coming this year. you can head over to our YouTube and hear her reading along with Joshua and Jennifer.

Dr. Rebecah Hall has her book coming out soon, also. it is out for advance reviews right now it will be available for pre-order soon.

then we have more projects in the future. as soon as we can, we will be announcing them. here’s a quick tease: writing workshop, poet to poet, graphic sonnet, reading period open, online reading, and more!

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