Cora Poage and Gretchen Eick are working on a book project we thought you might want to participate in. We are preparing an anthology of short pieces on death. We think that in this time of pandemic cultures like many of those in the US are totally overwhelmed in large part because they deny death and have little to no experience with it other than in violent television shows and movies.
We want to assemble “takes” on death in a variety of genres: poetry, meditation, self-help, short stories, flash fiction, memories, and insights from personal experiences, from people who work in the death business (mortuaries, hospice, clergy (rabbis, priests, imams, pastors), and from counselors (spiritual, financial and psychological). We want a mix of races, religions, ages, subcultures represented.
Might you have something you have written you are willing for us to consider? Or is your muse prodding you to write something you might share?
Obviously, we will not be able to publish all submissions we receive. We are working with a small press, Blue Cedar Press. We envision a book of 150-200 pages. We invite you to submit your contribution by the end of June to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Death Project” in the subject line. Please send it in a Word document. Feel free to encourage others to submit, too.
There will be no profits to us, to the press, or any of the writers whose selections are included. Any profit from this project will be donated to Doctors without Borders who are working on the frontlines in regions of the globe that are about to be hit by the COVID-19 virus.
Thank you for considering this request.
Stay safe and look for the opportunities that reside in this moment.
Gretchen Eick, professor of history emerita and author, email@example.com
Cora Poage, spiritual counselor and life coach, firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: Please submit by the end of June.