As many who follow Swallow Publishing already know, our second title of 2020 launched this fall, and is now available in both ebook and print edition on Amazon.
Humans in the Wild: Reactions to a Gun Loving Country is an anthology of carefully selected works chosen by our editor-in-chief, Jennifer Russon.
In association with @MythicPicnic, a call for poetry, short fiction, essays and art yielded a fine collection of pieces exploring our intense feelings and insights on gun violence. — from authors around the world!
Those chosen for publication were paid for their work, with arrangements made to donate proceeds to anti-gun violence organizations.
Kathy Fish, author of “Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild” agreed to be the first contributor.
Others followed her lead, including artist Stephen Mead, whose work influenced compelling themes in the anthology, and is being displayed as advertising for this stellar collection.
Though gun violence has slowed during COVID-19, the toll mass shootings took in the preceding year will never be forgotten.
There were 15,381 gun deaths — including homicides, suicides and accidents — and 29,568 injuries recorded in the Gun Violence Archive in 2019.
Humans in the Wild touches on quite a few of those dark days, from El Paso, to Virginia Beach, to Las Vegas, to garlic festivals in small towns, to packed nightclubs in much bigger ones.
Teachers, former military, suburbanites, boys and girls, and sometimes the shooters themselves tell their sordid tales in Human In the Wild.
As Kathy Fish writes:
Humans in the wild, gathered and feeling good, previously an exhilaration, now: a target.
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