RE-CREATING OUR COMMON CHORD A Wising Up Anthology and Listening Project
At a time when polarizing rhetoric is pervasive, we invite you to do something quite different: Discover and share through stories, memoir, creative non-fiction, and poetry what it takes to create genuine harmony with someone who feels challengingly different from you, what it takes to discover a common chord in our increasingly contentious and intolerant world.
When have you been able to see the good in someone you once thought the antithesis of what you hold dear, see that good in a way that also made you aware of your own value? Where have you contributed to the creation of that common chord? Why did you have to do it? What helped you do so? What kept you going when it felt impossible? What changed in you and between you because of that experience?
STEPPING IN: Raising Our Children's Children A Wising Up Anthology
What does it mean to find ourselves—when we thought we were well beyond our child-bearing, child-rearing years—taking on the same parental roles we played twenty or more years ago? Can we step into our adult children's shoes when, for often tragic reasons, they are not able to fill them? Do the things we learned first time around have any bearing here? Do we need to conceptualize our roles, the experiences that go with them, completely differently from either grandparents or parents? Where does the energy come from? Where are the rewards? Where is the support system? How do the changes in our society make this job easier or more difficult?
We invite stories, memoirs, poetry and creative non-fiction to help us explore what we learn in these increasingly common situations when grandparents assume primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR ALL WISING UP ANTHOLOGIES Print and Web
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A GENTLE REMINDER FOR WRITERS
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.
What exactly does it mean to be shaped by class? How does this shaping affect what we long for, strive for, believe is possible—not just for us but for those around us and the world at large? What happens to our understanding of class, of our society and of ourselves, when we cross class boundaries upwards or downwards, willingly or unwillingly, through education, employment, marriage, divorce, friendships and other meaningful relationships, immigration or emigration, illness, economic or political upheaval? Join thirty contemporary writers as they explore the impact of class and inequality through fiction, memoir, poetry—and some graphs.
JOY. It's out of our control—unpredictable, illogical, transitory, all-consuming. It can shatter our most basic assumptions. It can heal. . . . In this anthology forty-three contemporary writers help us explore, through fiction, poetry, and memoir, how experiences of joy help shape us and our relationship with the world around us.
Heather Tosteson THE PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF MARIA VAN LEEUWENHOEK, ANTONI'S DOCHTER (1668-1696): Including accounts of novel discoveries made in Delft that bear upon the oft vexing mysteries of sexual generation, particularly as they apply to the fate and purpose of women
JOURNEYS WITH A THOUSAND HEROES: A Child Oncologist's Story
John Graham-Pole’s thoughtful, moving and surprisingly open memoir traces the arc of his long career as a pediatric oncologist from its origins in the early loss of his mother to cancer, through his early medical training in Britain, his role in the dramatic evolution of cancer treatments in the U.S., especially stem cell treatments, to a more holistic idea of the practice of medicine that includes the use of the arts and end-of-life hospice care.
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.
Stephanie Hart: Contributing author and discussion leader
The Kindness of Strangers NYC Discussion Group
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
Our 12th Wising Up Anthology. . . THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS A Wising Up Anthology
In this Wising Up Anthology, forty-eight contemporary authors explore through stories, memoir, and poetry how the kindness of strangers has informed and transformed their lives. They describe how we are often surprised into kindness; discover unexpected abilities and compatibilities through it; retreat from it; act on it at times grudgingly; are saved by it in times of illness; and through its practice find our best selves. READ 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.