Uproar Sneak Peek: Gratitude Poetry Writing Exercise

As many of you know, in addition to running Pens Up Press, I facilitate Uproar Poetry Workshops. Here’s a sneak peek into one of the poems we’ve read together and done a writing exercise on in one of our workshops. Continue reading

Apartheid of Children’s Literature

Check out this New York Times article by author Christopher Myers. It is an important take on the need for children’s books to show characters who are people of color. Children’s books are not something we have looked into yet here at Pens Up Press but it is absolutely worth keeping in mind for our publishing and for our bookstore. Do you know any good children’s books by and for people of color?? If so let us know in a message or post a comment and share.

Peace, Kristin

25% till Midnight @ the Pens Up Press Bookstore

PensUpLogoThe 25% discount on all purchases made this week Ends Tonight at midnight.

Pens Up Press is an independent publishing company and online bookstore made to empower activists, artists, writers, and communities of color with books as change-agents


There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra
by Chinua Achebe – $10
Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe – $8
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou – $7
Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now
by Maya Angelou – $7
Letter to My Daughter
by Maya Angelou – $8
The Black Woman: An Anthology edited
by Toni Cade Bambara – $15
The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir
by Staceyann Chin’s – $8
Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000
by Lucille Clifton – $8
Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture
by Angela Y. Davis – $8
Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison – $8
The Wretched of the Earth
by Frantz Fanon – $11
Quilting The Black-Eyed Pea
by Nikki Giovanni – $6
Roots: The Saga of an American Family
by Alex Haley – $6
Panther Baby
by Jamal Joseph – $6
The Black Unicorn:
Poems by Audre Lorde – $9
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – A Biomythography
by Audre Lorde – $9
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
by Audre Lorde and Cheryl Clarke – $12
The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours:
The Poetry of Jill Scott – $4
Assata: An Autobiography
by Assata Shakur – $12
Black Power : The Politics of Liberation
by Kwame Ture and Charles V. Hamilton – $7
The Autobiography of Malcolm X:
As Told to Alex Haley by Malcolm X – $7

2008 – Achebe On Africa 50 Years After ‘Things Fall Apart’

In this video from a news clip in 2008, Chinua Achebe [born 1930 - died 2013] discusses his classic book Things Fall Apart 50 years after its publishing. In his interview he speaks to the idea of a “gap in the book shelf” which, even now, another 6 years later is still relevant.  Continue reading