This page will feature special publications and events Jacar Press is involved in that we hope may make a difference.
February 2017 – One Book Many Cities
Community Flow Readings from Resisting Arrest
Friday February 17, 7pm, Jengo’s Playhbouse, Wilmington, NC
Saturday February 18, 7pm, Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC
Wednesday February 22, 7pm, Letters Bookshop, Durham, NC
Artists, Writers, Activists and Audience members will be invited to participate in reading poems from Resisting Arrest, then engage in discussions designed to find ways to help communities create positive social change. Poems will be available at the performance.
Named one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of 2016 *, Resisting Arrest Poems to Stretch the Sky, edited by Howard University Professor Tony Medina, is both an important historical document, and a fine poetry anthology.
Resisting Arrest captures the responses at this time in history of 80 of the most eloquent minds and voices in our country, including 3 Pulitzer Prize winners, primarily addressing the issue of violence against People of Color.
One Book, Many Cities is a program of readings, performances and discussions that will take place across North Carolina in February, 2017. All programs will be designed through collaboration partners in their own communities.
For information, or to design a program in your community – firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-810-2863
Profits from sales of Resisting Arrest Poems to Stretch the Sky, edited by Tony Medina, will go to The Greater Washington Urban League, Thursday Network’s “Whitney M. Young Social Justice Scholarship”.
In 2015-16, Jacar Press made donations to Black Lives Matter, Southerners on New Ground(to fight HB2 in NC), Mercy(Syrian Refugee Relief), the ACLU, Orange-Durham Rape Crisis Center, Dakota Access Pipeline protesters and other activist organizations.
Arts in Education Advocacy
Jacar Press is pleased to announce the publication of John York’s new chapbook O Beautiful Bug
, cover drawing by John’s daughter Rachel.
We are distributing it for free to all of North Carolina’s elected statewide reps.
O Beautiful Bug contains John’s award-winning essay and two poems that deal with the value of arts in education, and we hope by putting it in the hands of our elected officials it may make a difference in support for arts programs in the public schools.
Would you like to help this cause by ordering a copy of the book, $7 plus postage, or making a donation to Jacar Press to cover the cost of distributing the book to North Carolina’s elected representatives? If so, contact us
If ordering, send your mailing address and we will include an invoice with the shipped book. If making a donation scroll down to use the Donate button.
This is what John York has to say about O Beautiful Bug:
“In the continuing push-and-pull between conformity and originality, tradition and creativity, there must be a middle ground, a respect for both continuity and innovation—for art, poetry, and new ways of dealing with a changing world. We must find ways to honor, promote, and keep our most creative teachers, or our society’s capacity for adaptation, for survival, will be stifled.”
– John York