Fran Lock issues a callout for a new poetry anthology, The Cry of the Poor
As some of you will know, Culture Matters is a co-operative of writers, artists and activists, involved in our various ways with developing a 'broad left' cultural struggle for a better society. We’ve been going for over five years, maintaining a lively website, publishing criticism, commentary, fiction, poetry, and life-writing. We run Bread and Roses Arts Awards for poetry, songwriting and spoken word, and support the labour movement through workshops and campaigns around cultural issues.
We also publish various books and pamphlets, including a series of anthologies of radical writing including From the Plough to the Stars: An Anthology Of Working People's Prose From Contemporary Ireland; A Kist of Thistles, An anthology of radical poetry from contemporary Scotland; Onward/Ymlaen! An anthology of radical poetry from contemporary Wales; Climate Matters: Poems And Prose About The Climate Crisis And Capitalism; and Witches, Warriors, Workers: An Anthology Of Contemporary Working Women's Poetry.
Through our publishing operations, we are proud to offer a platform to a genuinely diverse array of writers and artists from all walks of life, with a particular emphasis on working-class creatives who are often marginalised within mainstream contemporary publishing. We aim to provide publishing opportunities to new and established voices alike, and to create a space of conversation that is inclusive and egalitarian. We could not achieve this without the generosity of our contributors in sharing their wonderful work with us. So, if you are a past contributor to our website and anthologies: thank you! And if you are new to Culture Matters: welcome!
Culture Matters is now planning to put together a new anthology with the provisional title of ‘The Cry of the Poor’, and we are asking if both previous and first-time contributors would be willing to send us their poems, artwork, images, and life-writing (short fiction, memoir, blog or essay) on this theme. We are looking for writing that engages with any aspect of poverty in ways both political and personal. We particularly welcome work that explores the relationship between poverty and labour, and the intersection of poverty with race, class, gender, and sexuality. We are looking for work that bears witness, work that campaigns and analyses, work that evokes solidarity, and work that fights back.
If you would like to be involved please send us up to three poems, pieces of prose, or images, by 31 May 2021. We aim to publish and launch the anthology in late summer, and organise launches for the book where contributors will have the opportunity to share their work with a live audience.
Along with your submission please send a short author biog of no more than 60 words, and let us know if the piece you are submitting has been published elsewhere so that we can give proper credit. We’re also pleased to say that eligible poems will also automatically be entered for the Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2021, sponsored by Unite.
Fran Lock Ph.D. is a some-time dog whisperer, activist, and the author of seven poetry collections and numerous chapbooks, most recently 'Raptures and Captures', published by Culture Matters, the last in a trilogy of works with collage artist Steev Burgess.