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ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER
DEFUND the police. SUPPORT REPARATIONS.
Follow safety precautions regarding COVID19 whenever possible.
The specifics of our response:
Raise funds: Donate $10 to $49 to a bail fund or Black Lives Matter-related organization (suggestions below), email us the receipt (email@example.com), and pick a book from our catalog (in stock and previously released titles). For donations of $50 or more we will be offering a Book From The Vault (more details shortly).
Raise funds: June 10 - Aug 1, 10% of all sales will be sent to a bail fund or BLM related organization. For transparency, we will post fund totals and fund destinations. 6/16: $65 donated to Bklyn Boi Hood (10% of sales 6/10-6/15) 6/22: $40 donated to Don't Shoot PDX (10% of sales 6/16-6/21) 6/29: $40 donated to G.L.I.T.S. (10% of sales 6/22-6/28) 7/14: $95 donated to The Offing (10% of sales 6/29-7/13).
Increase affordability: All of our print titles are now on 20% discount with preorders at 25% discount. Flat shipping and handling fee of $3.50 no matter how many books you order. We hope to survive as a small press in these times, so order a lot!
Increase affordability and support authors: We now offer digital versions of many of our books including some of our out-of print Vinyl 45s. $5 each. We would love you to order from us, but we also encourage you to order directly from our authors so that they can receive direct $ in this difficult time. All of our authors are on some form of social media. DM them and go from there!
Encourage free access: If you have received a digital version of one of our titles via our online store or one of our authors, you have our blessing to share the book with others who might not have the funds to purchase.
Offer free access to BIPOC & Transgender poets: at no charge KMA (publisher) will offer written editorial response to a packet of ten poems plus a 30 minute phone call to go over poems and answer questions regarding submission, publication, and the general poetry landscape. Contact KMA at to schedule editorial review and consultation.
Donate funds: here is a partial list of the bail funds, BLM-related, and community organizations YesYes Books and the publisher have donated to in the past month. We will continue to donate and continue to expand the list. We encourage you to choose among the list below for donations associated with the fundraiser listed above:
Chicago Food Distribution (Venmo: TrinaRTyler)
Black Visions Collective (no longer needs donations)
We love the shit out of you and would love other suggestions for how we can stay alive during this time while also supporting our authors and YOU. Email us at with thoughts and ideas.
Now Available: Digital Versions of many of our titles
including some of our out-of-print Vinyl 45s!!!
Marty McConnell offers start-to-finish instructions along with a grounding in the Gathering Voices approach for both aspiring and seasoned facilitators who want to establish or invigorate a poetry learning environment for workshops in the community and the class room.
Gathering Voices includes:
Poetry from some of the most exciting poets writing today including Ada Limón, Patricia Smith, Jamaal May, Keetje Kuipers, Ocean Vuong, Rachel McKibbins, and so many more!
Tailored discussion questions for each poem.
Innovative and interactive writing prompts for twenty-four complete three-hour workshops
Guidelines for leading discussions of participants' work
Strategies for marketing your workshop, creating a schedule, maintaining boundaries and more
Workbook available soon.
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YesYes Books is a dynamic independent press that publishes poetry and prose collections from bold fresh voices.
Our titles have won the American Book Award, the Lambda Award for Gay Poetry, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award, the John C. Zacharis First Book Award, the Milt Kessler Award, and the Eric Hoffer Chapbook Award, and have been finalists for The Believer Book Award, the Norma Farber First Book Award, the Lambda Award for Transgender Poetry, the Balcones Poetry Prize, and the CLMP Firecracker Award for Fiction, among others.
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