“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.” ― George Bernard Shaw
“You used to be able to tell the difference between hipsters and homeless people. Now, it's between hipsters and retards. I mean, either that guy in the corner in orange safety pants holding a protest sign and wearing a top hat is mentally disabled or he is the coolest fucking guy you will ever know.” ― Chuck Klosterman
“Don't you find it odd," she continued, "that when you're a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you're older, somehow they act offended if you even try.” ― Ethan Hawke
“Love springs from the inside. It is the immortal surge of passion, excitement, energy, power, strength, prosperity, recognition, respect, desire, determination, enthusiasm, confidence, courage, and vitality, that nourishes, extends and protects. It possesses an external objective - life.” ― Ogwo David Emenike
“Music has the power to stop time. When I listen to songs, I'm transported back to the moment of their birth, which is sometimes even before the moment of my birth. Old songs, rock or soul or blues, still connect with me because the human emotions in them, whether jealousy or rage or hope, are recognizably similar to the emotions that I'm feeling now. But I'm feeling all of them, all the time, and so the songs act like a chemical process that isolates certain feelings at certain times: maybe one song helps illuminate the jubilation and one helps illuminate the sorrow and one helps illuminate the resignation. Music has the power to stop time. But music also keeps time.” ― Questlove
Black Voices Rising: A community conversation + panel discussion with social justice organizers re: the crucial "elevating whilst educating" role that Black grass roots artivists - poets have played + continue to play in social justice movements including the in-progress #BlackLivesMatter + #SayHerName movements.
Opens with a 15 min retrospective film looking at the role of griots in Africa and the tenacity of griot power - even in the face of deep traumas + violent oppression: the Middle Passage Holocaust (The Maafa); Global Enslavement; US Human Rights atrocities that persist right up to this very moment.
Includes an OPEN MIC POETRY CYPHER and concludes with a group poem - where poets will each write a few lines inspired by the panel discussion to share as a group poem to conclude the session.
Community Conversation Panelists: Thea Matthews (Millions March SF), Kin Folkz (SpectrumQueerMedia; Black Queer Lives Matter), Cat Brooks (ONYX Organizing and Anti Police Terror Project), Blackberri (Smithsonian Recordings Inductee);
Pochino Press is seeking a collection of short stories, essays, and poems, in any genre as well as illustration, photography, and visual art for a small zine publication to be released in late October 2015, in print and electronic versions.
Themes: Ancestors, Place, and Memory.
The beginning of the summer actually gets us thinking about the fall! Despite our rapid-fire culture, autumn shapes a different space of reflection. Many believe it’s a time when the ancestors walk among us and that the physical transformation of landscape in this season opens a revolving door to the past. Connecting to this season can mean a flood of remembrance. Whether it’s about a link to those who came before us, or revisiting the places we’ve been, or confronting experiences we have yet to process, autumn brings us a unique opportunity to return.
We welcome submissions of finished, unpublished works with these themes to be considered for a zine published and distributed in Oakland, CA and online. The deadline for submissions is Sept 17th, 2015, 10pm PST.
Writing, Illustration, Photography and Visual Art Guidelines:
Please first read Pochino Press’s mission statement and description. Consider if your style and own personal mission fit with what our small press is focused on.
Purchase a submission at this link. *
Early Bird Entry submission is $5 (submissions must be in by August 17th)
Regular submission is $10 (submissions received after August 17th but before or on September 17th, 10pm PST)
Submit finished, unpublished works only. Anything incomplete, in draft form, with multiple grammatical inconsistencies and typos, or that has appeared in another publication in print or online will not be considered for the final publication.
Submit works that you feel fit within the themes of this zine. There are no geographical restrictions; writers and artists can be from anywhere!
· Submissions should be 1,500 words or less!
· Send in a PDF or word doc only
· A BRIEF bio (60 words max)
· Languages: English and Spanish
Illustration, Photography and Visual Artists:
· Send 1-3 IMAGES TOTAL!
· Your submission should be in jpg or PDF format only. Please keep your files below 15MB.
· A BRIEF description/caption of your piece(s).
· Please have on hand a file of 300 dpi or higher. If your piece is chosen, we need this for the printed zine.
All submissions must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not accept mailed submissions. Deadline is Sept 17th, 2015, 10pm PST.
Chosen writers and artists will receive a free print and electronic copy of the zine, a personalized promotional post on Pochino Press’s facebook, and access to wholesale price of this publication for resale. All authors and artists will retain their copyright.
Pochino Press offers a multi-media stage for change makers and culture creators. Our mission is to publish works that illuminate stories, which originate in the intersections where hybrid cultures not only meet, but form a new sensibility.
We are a small independent press based in Oakland, CA. Please visit our website for more information: www.pochinopress.com.
*Current Pochino Press authors are excluded from the submission fee.