On Monday, the Kickstarter to fund my latest anthology launched. Invisible Threads: Cutting the Ties That Hold Us will be co-edited with Lesley Conner and includes a great list of contributors including: Alix E. Harrow, Maurice Broaddus, Fran Wilde, Damien Angelica Walters, Chesya Burke, A.C. Wise, Andi Buchanan, Jordan Kurella, Beth Dawkins, ZZ Claybourne, Geoffrey Girard, Merc Finn Wolfmoor, KT Bryski, Michael Wehunt, Stephanie Malia Morris, and Sabrina Vourvoulias.
You can check out and back the Kickstarter here. As of this post, we are 48 hours into the project and we’re up to $2530. There is a long way to go until we hit $20,000!
What am I referencing when I talk about invisible threads? Perhaps the clearest way to describe the anthology theme is to describe the short story by Beth Dawkins that inspired it. You’ll be able to read Beth’s story as it will appear in the book.
Roughly a year ago, Beth mentioned a piece she had submitted to popular genre publication. Her story had been originally written for Apex Magazine, but since I had placed the zine on hiatus, she needed a new home for it. I had published her before in the magazine, so I was interested to read her newest work.
Beth’s story is about a female protagonist who lives in a poor, rural community. She likes the people, her home, but she is constantly frustrated by her inability to jump over a massive wall that blocks her from escaping the outside world. Naturally, this metaphor is multi-layered and the plot is more intricate than this simple explanation would lead you to believe. The way Beth uses the wall as a representation of the poverty trap, societal expectations theory, and rural resentment serve as barriers of those who wish to enhance and explore their world was fascinating to me.
We all have different walls to climb unique to our geographic, economic, and social upbringing. I wanted to do an anthology with diverse perspectives that examines these barriers with stories containing protagonists overcoming and/or facing the obstacles that are attempting to hold them back.
Whereas Do Not Go Quietly was about revolution and was more politically charged, Invisible Threads will be more triumphant and inspirational. Certainly, the stories will contain plenty of anger and a call to fight, but it will strive to do so with a message of hope.
Below is the fabulous cover art by famous artist agnes-cecile (what a bit of luck Lesley and I had landing her!). I hope you will consider backing Invisible Threads. The Kickstarter runs through March 18th.