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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 or more to a bail fund or Black Lives Matter-related organization (suggestions below), email us the receipt (firstname.lastname@example.org), and pick a book from our catalog (in stock and previously released titles) and we will send it to you!
Raise funds: June 10 - Aug 1, 10% of gross sales were sent to the following organizations: $65 to Bklyn Boi Hood $40 to Don't Shoot PDX 6/29: $40 to G.L.I.T.S. $95 to The Offing $116 donated to Black Trans Travel Fund
Increase affordability of print books: All of our full length print titles are 10% off every day with preorders at a 20% 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 directly: 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!
Increase affordability of submissions: Vinyl 45 Chapbook contest is now open for submissions. We normally keep the contest submission fee low at $15 and now also offer a Reduced Fee Option of $6. Check out full guidelines here.
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 three months. We will continue to donate and continue to expand the list:
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. We invite you to 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