Sundress Publications announces a fundraiser to support publication of its second volume of Craft Chaps, a series of chapbooks offering substantive essays by contemporary writers on creative writing practice.
The Craft Chaps series aims to democratize creative writing education through making this material accessible for use both inside and outside the academy and offering material from different perspectives and literary communities to encourage students to resist “universal,” often cis, white, male notions of “good” literature. The spring 2020 launch of the second volume will include work by Wendy C. Ortiz, Susan Power, Lisa Locascio, and A. D. Carson. Each chap is available for free via the Sundress Publication website, and focuses on one aspect of craft and also contains a writing exercise and bibliography for further reading.
Series editor Amy Sayre Baptista spoke of the series in an interview at the Kenyon Review saying, “So many traditional craft books send the writer outward with instructions and how-tos, but the writers of Craft Chaps intuitively send the writer inward to where their ideas have been at rest, waiting, or forming.”
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Wendy C. Ortiz is a Los Angeles native. She is author of Excavation: A Memoir (Future Tense Books, 2014), HollyWood Notebook (Writ Large Press, 2015), and the dreamoir Bruja (CCM).
Susan Power is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a native Chicagoan. Her debut novel, The Grass Dancer, received the 1995 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for Best First Fiction.
Lisa Locascio’s work has appeared in The Believer, Tin House, n+1, Bookforum, and many other magazines. Her novel Open Me is available from Grove Atlantic
A. D. Carson is a performance artist and educator from Decatur, Illinois. His dissertation, “Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes & Revolutions,” is a digital archive that features a 34-track rap album was recognized by the Graduate Student Government as the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation.