Shout: An Anthology of Resistance Poetry and Short Fiction

Cover model:  Sang Kromah . Cover Design:  Benjamin Gorman

Cover model: Sang Kromah. Cover Design: Benjamin Gorman

Shout: An Anthology of Resistance Poetry and Short Fiction (Not A Pipe Publishing 2020)

The 25 incredibly talented authors and poets in this anthology aren’t politicians asking for your vote. They aren’t policy wonks peddling a three-point plan to undo the damage of the Trump administration. They aren’t partisans concerned with winning at any cost. They are artists of different genders, races, nationalities, and religions. They’re emerging authors and New York Times bestsellers. In this collection, you’ll find stories that explore futures where climate change, sexism, racism, and capitalism have run rampant in ways that should only be left to the imagination. These writers are staring, clear-eyed, at the rising tide of fascism in the United States and around the globe. They’re asking you: 

“What kind of world do you want to live in tomorrow?”

and 

“Who do you want to be today?” 

And they aren’t asking quietly.

If silence is complicity, the new anthology from Not a Pipe Publishing is its exact opposite. 25 authors, some New York Times bestsellers and others just starting to get some recognition, have come together to raise the alarm about what they see as a rising wave of fascism crashing down on the United States and around the globe. Through poetry and short stories ranging from dystopias to paranormal allegories, these authors are speaking out against sexism, racism, classism, and other forms of bigotry. To maximise the benefit of the anthology, for every copy sold, Not a Pipe Publishing will make donations to the American Civil Liberties Union, Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood, and Raices: Texas.

Co-Editor Zack Dye was looking for a way to speak out against the Trump administration when he came to visit Benjamin Gorman, the publisher of Not a Pipe Publishing, in the summer of 2019. Knowing they didn’t have much time before the next election, they decided to ask writers and poets to submit their best work around the theme of resistance. “The passion and energy that folks clearly had for this project lets me know that this is something we had to do.” says Dye. “This started to feel like something that could really make an impact when we got submissions from really successful writers like Janet Burroway and Rosanne Parry. I realized many great writers were eager to find a way to speak out and were grateful to have an opportunity to use their gifts as an act of resistance,” says Gorman, author of Don’t Read This Book and Corporate High School.

The authors and poets echo this sentiment. Joanna Michal Hoyt, author of Beyond US and THEM: How to Communicate Across Political Divides, says, “I write to remind myself—and, I hope, my readers as well—of the connections between humans across physical and metaphorical borders, and between humans and the living world; of the price we pay when we reject ‘the Other’; of the brokenness of this present time, of the greater breaking that our choices may bring, and of the goodness and the hope that remain within and among us in the midst of our brokenness.” And Austin Case, author of Wild, Dark Times, says “Our country finds itself in dark times. The people here who are already marginalized and oppressed find themselves particularly vulnerable to the burgeoning fascist trends that Trump’s administration has brought to the US. This anthology seeks to not only articulate through story and poem some of the fears these groups and others in this country face, but to provide funds to amazing organizations that help some of those most severely affected by this regime.” Jennifer Lee Rossman, author of Jack Jetstark’s Intergalactic Freakshow and Anachronism, says, “Science fiction tells mundane stories in unimaginable ways, so when the unimaginable becomes mundane, I turn to science fiction to find a way to speak out.” Karen Eisenbrey, author of Daughter of Magic and The Gospel According to St. Rage, says, “It’s an honor to be included in a collection of such excellent and bracing work. Whether scary, dark, funny, or hopeful, each piece is encouragement to stand up for what’s right before it’s too late.”

Shout was released on February 2, 2020 in hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-948120-46-3), paperback (ISBN: 978-1-948120-45-6), and on Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-948120-47-0). “Sundays are not the days of the week when new books normally hit shelves,” Gorman says, “but that’s the day before the Iowa Caucuses. Zack and I want this collection to be on readers’ minds just as a new group of voters start paying attention to what’s been happening and what they can do about it.” The book is available now.

  • You can order the paperback edition from Powell’s HERE.

  • You can order the paperback edition from Barnes & Noble HERE.

  • You can order the paperback edition from Amazon HERE.

  • You can order the Kindle edition now, HERE.

This is not the first time Not a Pipe Publishing has participated in political action. In 2015, the company accepted the challenge to only publish women during 2018. Their participation in what was called “#TheYearOfPublishingWomen” garnered the company worldwide attention and resulted in eight novels and the anthology Strongly Worded Women. “That was the most important thing the company had done to date,” Gorman says, “but if we can participate, even in a small way, in freeing children from cages, defending marginalized people from growing forms of institutional racism, and staving off truly apocalyptic consequences of climate change, this will be even more meaningful.”