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a series of erratically published chapbooks

ON SALE NOW: MOTHERWORT BY LYRIC HUNTER

Chapbooks, NewsSarah McCarry
dear ones! at long last (and after long hiatus) guillotine is deeply proud to present MOTHERWORT by LYRIC HUNTER. forty-eight gorgeous pages about loss, longing, language, and revolutionary time. orders will ship in mid-february. xoxo sarah   48PP. GUILLOTINE SERIES #11. FEBRUARY 2017. "How do you explain black people in America how do you explain you were raised by a white woman how do you explain your Middle Passage in limping French how do you say my family’s first ancestor with a name was Griffin Lewis born before the end of the civil war and before that names weren’t recorded it was a practice of erasure a practice of commodification it was very efficient so I can’t tell you anything except what I am now so I say more baguette please je suis pompette." "Fearless poem-essay of a black girl abroad, mixed novel, radiant almanac. It left me breathless." -Sofia Samatar LYRIC HUNTER is a writer from new york city. She received her BFA in Fine Art from the Cooper Union in 2012. Her chapbook Swallower was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2014 and her work has also appeared in Poems by Sunday, Belleville Park Pages, and Arava Review. Motherwort (Guillotine, 2017) is her second chapbook. 

dear ones! at long last (and after long hiatus) guillotine is deeply proud to present MOTHERWORT by LYRIC HUNTER. forty-eight gorgeous pages about loss, longing, language, and revolutionary time. orders will ship in mid-february.

xoxo sarah

 

48PP. GUILLOTINE SERIES #11. FEBRUARY 2017.

"How do you explain black people in
America how do you explain you were raised by a white woman how
do you explain your Middle Passage in limping French how do you say
my family’s first ancestor with a name was Griffin Lewis born before
the end of the civil war and before that names weren’t recorded it was a
practice of erasure a practice of commodification it was very efficient so
I can’t tell you anything except what I am now so I say more baguette
please je suis pompette."

"Fearless poem-essay of a black girl abroad, mixed novel, radiant almanac. It left me breathless." -Sofia Samatar

LYRIC HUNTER is a writer from new york city. She received her BFA in Fine Art from the Cooper Union in 2012. Her chapbook Swallower was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2014 and her work has also appeared in Poems by Sunday, Belleville Park Pages, and Arava Review. Motherwort (Guillotine, 2017) is her second chapbook. 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: AFRO-DIASPORIC HERBAL

Chapbooks, NewsSarah McCarry

the sublimely brilliant lyric hunter is editing an herbal by/for african-diasporic folks with production support from guillotine. please circulate the call for submissions widely!!!

 

B R U J A  B E L L O W

W I T C H E S  B L O O M

C O N J U R E  B L O S S O M

 

You’re magic-makers, believers, writers, healers, community activists, health professionals, artists. You’re a black woman, you’re queer, you’re transgender, you’re genderfluid, you’re femme, you’re non-conforming. You’re differently-abled, you’re neuro-diverse, you’re thriving. 

A traditional herbal is a recipe book that teaches how to recognize, cultivate, and make medicine, from plants. The writing you create in response to the questions below will form part of a creative, contemporary African-diasporic herbal. In this case, the herbal will be a collection of writings exploring both historical and contemporary herbal and spiritual practices intended to heal the body and spirit, in an effort to decolonize mind, body, and soul, and to reclaim healthcare for many people of the African diaspora in the U.S. Contributors whose work is selected to be included in the herbal will be compensated.

If you have a plant-tending, herbal healing, plant-spiritual practice; if your self-care intersects with your writing or art, I’m collecting poems, stories, anecdotes, recipes, rituals, spells, manifestos, analyses, maps, songs, memoirs, dreams-- 

in short, creative-theoretical-hypothetical-real-magic responses framed by the questions:

Are plants central to, or do they intersect with, your self-care practice?

Where do you find your plant (do you buy it, grow it, or forage for it)? 

What does it look like, what are its properties? What drew you to it? 

What emotional/spiritual/magical/practical significance does it carry

(how do you use it)? How do you feel when you see it, use it, share it with others? 

How do you see the natural world intersecting with black health?

 

My name is Lyric Hunter and I am a writer from Queens, NY, and a graduate student in the MFA in Writing and Activism program at Pratt Institute. This herbal will be made available and easily accessible to black women and LGBTQ people in New York City.

Email lyric.hunter[at]gmail.com to submit or to ask questions. 

Accepting submissions until February 15.