Stairs&Whispers D/deaf & Disabled Poets anthology

by Nine Arches Press in 

Stairs&Whispers D/deaf & Disabled Poets anthology

Help us to publish Stairs and Whispers, the first major U.K. anthology of poetry and essays by D/deaf and Disabled poets.

by Nine Arches Press in

We did it
On 17th March 2017 we successfully raised £2,811 with 150 supporters in 35 days

New stretch target

If we exceed our target of £2000, we will aim for our stretch target of £3500, and put any extra funds back into our project for sharing between our editors and contributors, and (if we reach the full target) put extra funds towards recording and sharing further poems from the anthology. Help us create even more to share!


Five years after the seminal U.S. anthology, Beauty is a Verb, Nine Arches Press is hoping to publish its exciting UK progeny: Stairs and Whispers. The first of its kind and packed with fierce poetry, essays, photos and links to accessible online videos, this book showcases a diversity of styles, opinions, and survival strategies for a world that often works to shut D/deaf and Disabled people down.

Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman have co-edited Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, a ground-breaking anthology examining the poetics of disabled and D/deaf cultures. With contributions that span Vispo to Surrealism, and range from hard-hitting political commentary to intimate lyrical pieces – these poets refuse to perform or inspire according to tired old narratives.

So far, this two-year project has been part-funded by Grants for the Arts funding from Arts Council England, and supported in kind by Nine Arches Press. We are paying all contributors and editors, and we are also planning launches and events nationwide later in summer 2017. There will also be substantial digital resources - videos, audio and more. We now just now need a little support to help to get this exciting anthology through the final stages and into print. 

Can you help us make this vital and groundbreaking book a reality?  

We don't just want to ask for your cash without giving something back, so we are offering you the chance to pre-order the book as part of your support:

  • pledge £5 and we will send you a £5 voucher redeemable against purchasing the book from our website
  • pledge £10 and we will send you the anthology as a free eBook
  • pledge £15 or more and we will send you a paperback copy of the print anthology (with FREE UK postage)
  • Pledge £18 for a paperback copy of the anthology with International postage included

 ... plus further options!

In addition, everyone who pledges will get their name printed in the back of the book as a supporter of this anthology. 


About the editors: Alland’s collections include Blissful Times (BookThug, 2007) and Naturally Speaking (espresso, 2012). Barokka's works include Indigenous Species (Tilted Axis, 2016) and Rope (Nine Arches, 2017). Sluman has two books with Nine Arches: Absence has a weight of its own (2012) and The Terrible (2015).

Stairs and Whispers includes poems and performances by over 50 new and established poets, short critical or personal writings by selected contributors, and essays by our three co-editors plus Raymond Antrobus, Abi Palmer, Eleanor Ward and Nuala Watt.

The anthology features poems by:
Aaron Williamson, Abi Palmer, Abigail Penny, Alec Finlay, Andra Simons, Angela Readman, Cath Nichols, Catherine Edmunds, Cathy Bryant, Claire Cunningham, Clare Hill, Colin Hambrook, Eleanor Ward, Ellie Clarke, Emily Ingram, Georgi Gill, Giles Turnbull, Gram Joel Davis, Grant Tarbard, Holly Magill, Isha, Jacqueline Pemberton, Joanne Limburg, Julie McNamara, Karen Hoy, Khairani Barokka, Kitty Coles, Kuli Kohli, Lisa Kelly, Lydia Popowich, Markie Burnhope, Michelle Green, Miki Byrne, Naomi Woddis, Nuala Watt, Rachael Boast, Raisa Kabir, Raymond Antrobus, Rosamund McCullain, Rose Cook, Sandra Alland, Saradha Soobrayen, Sarah Golightley, Sean Burn, Stephanie Conn

You can find our about the full listings for the anthology, and read more about the project on the anthology's blog here.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Supporter + £5 discount on anthology: Your name listed in the back of the book as a supporter and £5 discount off the cover price of the paperback book (RRP £14.99). Discount will be emailed to you as an e-voucher to spend in our online bookshop at www.ninearchespress.com. Voucher and eBook will be delivered digitally by 7th June 2017.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Supporter + eBook of the Stairs and Whispers anthology: Your name listed in the back of the book as a supporter, an eBook version of the anthology (.mobi or .epub) and £5 discount off the cover price of the paperback book (RRP £14.99). Discount will be emailed to you as an e-voucher to spend in our online bookshop at www.ninearchespress.com. Voucher and eBook will be delivered digitally by 7th June 2017.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Supporter + Anthology - paperback copy of the Stairs and Whispers anthology: Pledge £15 and pre-order your copy of the Stairs and Whispers anthology at the same time! Your name listed in the back of the book as a supporter and FREE delivery of the paperback anthology upon publication in June 2017.

£18 or more

£18 Reward

Supporter + Anthology with international postage - paperback copy of the Stairs and Whispers anthology: Pledge £18 and pre-order your copy of the Stairs and Whispers anthology at the same time! Your name listed in the back of the book as a supporter and covers International delivery of the paperback anthology upon publication in June 2017.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Supporter + Anthology + *free* gift poetry book from Nine Arches Press: Pre-order your copy of the paperback edition of the anthology with free postage, and your name listed in the back of the book as a supporter PLUS: a free 'mystery' book gift from Nine Arches Press. Books delivered upon publication of the anthology at the start of June.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Supporter + Personalised & signed paperback anthology, eBook anthology, and free mystery book: Your name listed in the back of the book as a supporter, Paperback copy of the book personalised and signed by all three editors and posted to you free of charge, eBook version of anthology (.epub / .mobi) plus a free 'mystery' Nine Arches Press book.

£50 or more

8 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

Supporter + Book Club membership (6 books) & Anthology: You will receive Nine Arches Press poetry book club membership (six new poetry books, beginning with your first choice picks), plus a signed and personalised copy of the Stairs & Whispers anthology, Nine Arches Press tote bag with free gifts, and your name in the anthology as a supporter of the project.


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