A benevolent photo project to help see us through a troublingly divisive election . . .
REMEMBERING THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS
As an act of kindness to a stranger (us), we ask you to donate an image of yourself or someone else remembering an experience of giving or receiving the kindness of strangers. What we ask is that the subject of the photo take a minute to remember an act (or two) of kindness with strangers before the photo is taken.
We're hoping to use these photos in our upcoming Wising Up Anthology THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS, either included in the book itself or in the book trailer accompanying the book.
Wising Up Press is part of Universal Table, whose mission is Finding the We in Them, the Us in You. We use images in our Wising Up Anthologies and like to base them on the people around us—with some mysterious differences. Please join the wonderful people who have already so generously donated an image (or more than one) of themselves to help promote tolerance and social trust, person by person, gesture by gesture. . .
THE LASTING WEIGHT OF FELONY A Wising Up Listening Project
To explore the lasting social consequences of felony convictions, we are creating a book that combines first person accounts of people with felony convictions—both when serving their sentences and afterwards, including those who have successfully reintegrated and those who have not—along with the stories of the many other people involved in these cases. If you have a story to share, know someone who does, would like to contribute interviews to the project, or are just concerned about the issue, READ MORE.
As part of this project we are also considering well-written, single-authored book-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction that explore the reality of reentry and the lasting weight of felony convictions from multiple perspectives. For further information, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 404/276-6046.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO USE AN ANTHOLOGY TO START A CONVERSATION?
We see our books, especially our Wising Up Anthologies, as catalysts for community, a way of deepening the conversations that develop through the shared experience of reading, especially around areas of sticky, or strident, social concern. What can we discuss through the mysterious mediation of a book that we cannot do directly? Learn More
SIBLINGS: Our First Macrocosm A Wising Up Anthology
Our families, especially our siblings, provide our first macrocosm. How much of that experience do we carry out into the world as part of our deepest, inchoate expectations of the world or of ourselves? What happens to us as adults when we return to these first numinous macrocosms trying to understand how they still shape our ways of being? Read more. . .
We decided to create a small press to expand and support our various Universal Table programs - and because we love the written word, especially when it is used passionately and authentically to explore themes of abiding importance to us as individuals and as a society. Many of our publications focus on literature by contemporary writers because of the power of narrative to help us identify safely with others who may at first seem, by appearance or circumstances or culture, very different from us. Stories make the world feel more manageable by increasing our ability to tolerate suffering, to experience empathy, to marry hope and pain in a way that honors the reality in each of them. Stories teach us, in the very listening, in the very act of identifying with the storyteller, or the characters, that the existence of other points of view is a richness not a danger. In our own lives, most of us find it difficult to tell stories that have good roles for all of us, that can see our differences, however profound, as mysterious, unpredictable, but ultimately gracious - an invitation into a blessing story larger than any one of us can write alone. We want our publications to serve as an invitation to stand in that richer relation - empathic, musing, open to new meaning - with ourselves and with our neighbors.
We read all submissions with care because we value the time, effort, and aspirations of our writers. We ask that writers who submit show us the same consideration. Before submitting, please read the Call for Submissions carefully to make sure that the work you are submitting truly fits the theme in content matter and in tone, for we are more than a literary press, we are one with a clear social commitment to finding the We in Them, the Us in You. We want work that has emotional depth and complexity and that invites us, ultimately, into wiser relation with each other.
We suggest you browse through our list of subjects and then our library and read excerpts from some of our other anthologies, as well as our mission statement - A Welcoming Philosophy - on the home page and our reasons for founding the Wising Up Press. If you are interested in the Writers Collective, we provide extensive information about that as well.