Deep Vellum Publishing http://deepvellum.org Thu, 24 Sep 2020 22:10:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Deep Vellum to Re-publish Long Out-of-Print History of Dallas Race and Racism: “The Accommodation: The Politics of Race in an American City” by Jim Schutze http://deepvellum.org/2020/09/24/accommodation-press-release/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=accommodation-press-release&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=accommodation-press-release http://deepvellum.org/2020/09/24/accommodation-press-release/#respond Thu, 24 Sep 2020 21:51:37 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=6772 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

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Deep Vellum will release a new edition of Dallas political cult classic The Accommodation: The Politics of Race in an American City by Jim Schutze in September 2021. This will be the book’s first time in print in more than thirty years, and will feature a new foreword by Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.

Written by longtime Dallas political journalist Jim Schutze, formerly of the Dallas Times Herald and Dallas Observer, and currently columnist at D Magazine, The Accommodation details the violent and suppressed history of race and racism in Dallas from slavery through the Civil Rights Movement, and the city’s desegregation efforts in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Known for being an uninhibited and honest account of the city’s institutional and structural racism, Schutze’s book argues that Dallas’ desegregation period came at a great cost to Black leaders in the city. Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price comments on the book’s relevance today: “The real Jim Schutze laid it all bare here. The Accommodation is an essential gift, delivered almost four decades before Dallas was ready to receive it.”

Deep Vellum Publisher and Executive Director Will Evans comments, “We at Deep Vellum are honored to publish The Accommodation to expand the conversation about historical structural racism in Dallas. This vital work is just one history among many that deserve to be published for a wide audience to come to learn more about the history of Dallas, in the hopes that we can build a more inclusive, equitable city together by understanding the tragic history of how our city has gotten to where it is today.

The Accommodation is one of the first major works about the history of race and racism in Dallas, and its importance to the counter narrative of ‘Dallas as a great city for all’ can’t be understated,” shares Jerry Hawkins, Executive Director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, who also serves on the Deep Vellum board of directors. “The telling of a Black story by a white author deserves continued critique and interrogation, however with The Accommodation, Jim Schutze delivered a must-read treatise about racism in Dallas that was both eye-opening and prophetic.”

The Accommodation was originally set to be published by Taylor Publishing Company of Dallas in 1986 before being dropped from publication. It was then published by Citadel Press of New Jersey in 1987 before rights were purchased by Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.

While long out of print, this title has seen repeated waves of interest among Dallas residents since its original publication. Most recently, it has been called “The Most Dangerous Book in Dallas” by Peter Simek of D Magazine and “essential reading to understand Dallas” (Tim Diovanni, Dallas Morning News)and has been distributed digitally and in samizdat printouts among Dallasites interested in learning more about what makes Dallas the city it is, and how to address that history to build a better, more inclusive city together.

This title will release as a hardcover, ebook, and audiobook under Deep Vellum’s La Reunion imprint in September 2021, retailing for $30. Pre-order is available on the Deep Vellum website at http://deepvellum.org/product/accommodation/.

Deep Vellum is an independent nonprofit publishing house and literary arts center founded in Dallas in 2013 with the mission to bring the world into conversation through literature. Deep Vellum builds community around the literary arts by hosting conversation-driven events and fosters inclusion by publishing great works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by writers from around the world. La Reunion was founded in 2019 as Deep Vellum’s nonfiction imprint to critically engage with the myths, histories, and untold stories of Texas.

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Deep Vellum Fall 2020 Preview http://deepvellum.org/2020/09/17/deep-vellum-fall-2020-preview/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-vellum-fall-2020-preview&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-vellum-fall-2020-preview http://deepvellum.org/2020/09/17/deep-vellum-fall-2020-preview/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:48:22 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=6731 In celebration of North Texas Giving Day September 17, we’re releasing micro-excerpts of a select number of Fall 2020 titles coming soon from the Deep Vellum catalog.

Support Deep Vellum by giving a gift that will help us amplify the voices of over 22 different novelists, poets, photographers, and children’s books writers over the next year. These literary artists hail from all different backgrounds and heritages, including seven writers from Dallas! Click here to donate and help us pay our writers, translators, and designers, host captivating events, support our staff, and produce amazing books like the ones below. If you’re interested in pre-ordering one of the following titles, simply click on the cover image to visit the book’s pre-order page.


The Nightgown and Other Poems, by Taisia Kitaiskaia

“Wept All Day, Didn’t Know Why”

Saints are those who do not live amongst the people.

When I first met a saint I placed it tenderly between
Two halves of a sandwich and left it to the wolves. Suchly Did I observe that no animals came to eat it.At last
One deer pawed the sandwich and nibbled the bread. Some birds came over to hold a slice up to the sky
Like a banner announcing God’s glory. By this time

The saint was unclothed with its face in the dirt. I felt sorry &

Shut it back into its walnut shell. I whispered sweet Gospels. I made a proper burial for it on my tongue. For a saint must die in its own language.Then

I was like, Okay, and drove home

In my imaginary vehicle splattered with bird droppings.
I became small from crying.A pulley system geared
Until it snowed inside of me. Good grief I said. It was time
To bring my hands together over a woman’s body and worship. Time to turn off all the faucets God had forgotten about.

Long is my journey to all the empty restaurants crammed into a walnut shell.

Irreversible is my decision to eat the browned defeated apple
On my way to the bathroom. Now nobody knows me. Not even God Knows me, He who pares his fingernails my whole life long.

Like the saints I will now be stingy with my love &

Pave a road out of myself so it may be traveled by those
Hungry for bread. Night, reckon us back into the original loom. Braid our hair into the branches so we cannot move,
So we may be happy.

If you see a saint in the road please put it back.


Red Ants, by Pergentino José

from “Prayers”:

Night is coming down. Though I can barely make out the younger woman’s fea- tures, she seems wary. In addition to the shawl she wears several white necklaces, giving her a certain elegance. She says, “We never thought Padre Edgardo would rule the city like this. He shut down the two cotton factories, so many people have been cast into poverty, and to top it off we aren’t even allowed to walk the streets at this sort of hour.”

The other woman nods along to the com- plaints. I pretend I have to go, telling them I’m just looking for a friend who lives at the end of the street.

“Just along here,” I say, hoping they might confirm it for me. “Number 56, Calle Padre Edgardo . . .”

“Listen to the radio,” says the older woman. Her tone is that of a mother imploring her children not to go out into the streets while a terrible event is unfolding. Then the other one, who seems more perturbed still, asks, “Can you read?”

I say I can. Their talk is grating on me, I want to get away now. They’re right, it’s risky going out walking, but it’s my choice. The younger woman exclaims: “Read the newspaper! Every day there’s new things. Roads with new names. A new set of people arrested over- night. Buildings seized. People they’re going to deport.”

Then, as I am beginning to despair, the ceremonial sound of bells strikes up in the distance. The women get down on their knees and start exhorting me in trembling voices. “Read the newspaper, young man,” the older woman says. “Do it for Padre Edgardo.” And she takes a newspaper from her bag and hands it to me before the pair turn and hurry away, no goodbye—as though the Sentinels were training their sights on them already.


At the Lucky Hand, aka The Sixty-Nine Drawers, by Goran Petrović

Adam Lozanić remained to stare at the calendar, which was tacked askew to the inner side of the door that had just been closed. A square pencil mark framed the twentieth of November, a Monday. The man’s wife would wait for him?! But where?! And what could all this mean, except that the mysterious man had found out his little secret?! He shuddered. Anyway, he was certain he had never revealed it to anyone. Beginning a year ago, from time to time it seemed to him that when reading he met other readers inside the given text. And from time to time, only now and then but more and more vividly, he would later recall those other, mostly unknown people who had been reading the same book at the same time as he. He remembered some of the details as if he had really lived them. Lived them with all his senses. Naturally, he had never confided this to anyone. They would have thought him mad. Or at best a little unhinged. Truth be told, when he seriously considered all these extraordinary matters, he himself came to the conclusion that he was teetering dangerously on the very brink of an unsound mind. Or did it all appear to him thus from too much literature and too little life?!

Now that he had remembered the reading, it was time to engage in that by means of which, at least for the present, he still earned his livelihood. New texts were waiting, and he sharpened a pencil and got down to work.


Dispatches from the Republic of Letters: 50 Years of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, edited by Daniel Simon

from “Josef Škvorecký, the Literary King,” by Arnošt Lustig

Literature is, unfortunately or fortunately, connected in our age with his- tory, politics, philosophy, with everything in which man is involved. During Škvorecký’s lifetime so many things have happened, and so many happened so close. A writer who comes from our country—which was given in appease- ment by Chamberlain to Hitler in 1938, a country where children were lis- tening to the news of how Mussolini was bravely defeating the barefooted Ethiopians with his tanks and how the Spanish Republic was lost because of Western indifference—the writer is up to his neck in politics. A writer in that part of the world has a taste of history involving human fate, like those chil- dren who are ill with a sickness that comes to them from their mothers’ breasts without anyone’s knowing it; years afterward, when they know, it is too late for a cure.

Why am I saying this? Because to listen to a writer means to know and maybe to be able to prevent. Kafka saw the penal colonies before they covered Europe like a plague. To recognize a writer sometimes takes a lifetime and sometimes centuries. Some writers, never discovered, disappear in the abyss of the forgotten, as does their work—sometimes in an abyss, sometimes in flames, sometimes in silence. The lives and works of some writers disappear so completely, it is as if they had never been alive, had never written. That is why recognition of a writer is so important—just like the conquest of a new continent, the finding of a secret treasure or the discovery of a new star.

There is an old proverb which states that a king who is not accepted by his people is not yet a king. Today Josef Škvorecký, the voice of Czech literature at home as in exile, opposed by the authorities in his native land and welcomed and loved by people abroad, is a king. Kings of literary realms are, contrary to other rulers, not dangerous to living creatures. They are threats only to the minds of those who claim the ownership of people as if it were the ownership of goods, those who—as in the dark times of history—are today trading and selling people for money, goods and political gain, especially writers. Literary kings do not kill their enemies; they do not kill people at all, with the exception of themselves.

Literary kings are, in comparison with the real kings of the world, more gentle, more silent, more generous, in spite of the fact that literary kings, like all kings, must fight from time to time. Josef Škvorecký is not one of those people who, by claiming that they are fighting the last battle of man, are ready to bury not only man but his world as well. It is a beautiful privilege to say that Josef Škvorecký is a winner today, and to know that he wins in the name of, and for, all of us. It must be marvelous to be a literary king.


Deep Vellum is a nonprofit literary arts center and publisher. Our mission is to bring the world into conversation through literature. We build community around the literary arts by hosting conversation-driven events and foster inclusion in the literary arts by publishing works by writers from around the globe and from our home base in Texas.

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Deep Vellum Receives Two Grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts http://deepvellum.org/2020/09/15/deep-vellum-receives-two-grants-from-the-texas-commission-on-the-arts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-vellum-receives-two-grants-from-the-texas-commission-on-the-arts&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-vellum-receives-two-grants-from-the-texas-commission-on-the-arts http://deepvellum.org/2020/09/15/deep-vellum-receives-two-grants-from-the-texas-commission-on-the-arts/#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2020 23:12:53 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=6712 Thanks to the generous support of the Texas Commission on the Arts, Deep Vellum will continue to bring the literary arts to Dallas—and to Texans across the state. Deep Vellum has been awarded two grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) to help bring writer sand readers into conversation over the next year.

The first grant, part of the TCA’s Arts Create program, will support Deep Vellum’s general operations, including publishing works of literature, hosting literary events, and amplifying the voices of writers across Texas. From September 2020 to August 2021, TCA Arts Create funding will help Deep Vellum publish 24 works of literature by international and Texas-based writers and develop a full roster of literary events and activities for readers of all communities. Deep Vellum is especially excited that the TCA plans to support virtual events, which will allow readers and writers from all locations across Texas to convene to build a more robust statewide literary community.

The TCA has also awarded Deep Vellum an Arts Respond grant to support five publications of contemporary significance to Texans. Among these publications are a forthcoming volume of poetry entitled Welcome to Midland, by Dallas-based writer Logen Cure, about her experience growing up in West Texas; Beauty Salon, a novella by Mexican writer Mario Bellatin that has been an evocative symbol for the AIDS epidemic in Latin America and has particular relevance during the present Covid-19 pandemic; and The Nightgown and Other Poems, a bewitching debut collection of fairytale-turned-feminist poetry by Austin-based Russian American writer Taisia Kitaiskaia. In addition to publishing these works, Deep Vellum will host a variety of events to bring these writers to the Texas public.

The premier funding organization for artistic programming across the state, the TCA has long recognized the artistic value not only of the performing and visual arts, but also of the literary arts.

Deep Vellum Executive Director Will Evans explains, “Not everyone—and certainly not every organization—across the United States recognizes or understands the role of the literary arts in a vibrant arts community. We’re so grateful that the TCA knows that literary creation is valuable to any thriving arts ecosystem, and we love being among the great literary organizations that theTCA funds. It’s a rich community of friends and partners.”

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North Texas Giving Day 2020 http://deepvellum.org/2020/09/01/north-texas-giving-day-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=north-texas-giving-day-2020&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=north-texas-giving-day-2020 http://deepvellum.org/2020/09/01/north-texas-giving-day-2020/#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2020 22:04:39 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=6640 It’s that time of year again: it’s North Texas Giving Day 2020! Back in May, we asked for your support to help us survive the economic fallout of the pandemic. We were blown away by the community response. Thanks to you, we’re not only surviving, we’re thriving, and we’re more focused than ever on publishing and amplifying stories by writers from all over the world, including our hometown. Next year we’re publishing an incredible 22 books by writers from Oaxaca to Wales to the Democratic Republic of Congo to (of course) Dallas. We’ll be organizing events to celebrate these writers, to raise awareness about accessibility issues in the literary arts, and to support writers across Texas. We can’t wait!

But we need your help. If you’d like to help amplify these voices, you can make a donation to Deep Vellum here for North Texas Giving Day anytime between September 1 and September 17. Your donations will go directly to our regular operating expenses (not toward Covid relief), like author advances, translator payments, event costs, and staff salaries and benefits. This year, we’re also excited to announce that Charles Dee Mitchell, a dedicated supporter of Deep Vellum, will match your donations. So, for every dollar you give, Deep Vellum will receive $2 in order to support our upcoming programming.

That’s not all, though. We want to show you all the amazing work your donation will help support. From today through September 17, we’ll be publishing tiny previews of our upcoming books on our website; check back for new micro-excerpts each Wednesday. But wait, there’s more! Join us for an AMA with our founder and executive director Will Evans to ask Will anything you’ve ever wanted to know about Deep Vellum and the DV team (details to come; check our Events calendar and social media)!

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Reading List: Pride Month http://deepvellum.org/2020/06/30/reading-list-pride-month/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=reading-list-pride-month&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=reading-list-pride-month http://deepvellum.org/2020/06/30/reading-list-pride-month/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 20:32:11 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=6349

Happy Pride from Deep Vellum! To cap off Pride Month, Deep Vellum’s summer marketing interns decided to take a look at the LGBTQ+ books that have stuck with them. Whether through new releases or enduring classics (or, like our own Sphinx, books we hope will grow to be modern classics), the queer canon is a gorgeous, diverse, international, and constantly-growing list that deserves to be explored. Interested in purchasing these books? Head over to our sister bookstore, Deep Vellum Books to order these any many more, so your LGBTQ+ reading list extends just beyond June and into the rest of the year.

Johnny

Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima (New Directions, 1958)

Taking place in imperial Japan during World War II, this novel follows Kochan, a man who struggles from birth with his homosexuality. Vivid examinations and plenty of overthinking take place in his mind as he has his first crush, goes to war, and pursues an unfruitful relationship. Mishima’s prose is unsettling and all too real for me at times, reflecting the pervasive struggle in the queer community that we have to “make up” for our differences. Kochan’s self-scrutiny on the conflicting forces of attraction and cultural identity in his life reveal several “masks,” all compelling to explore in order to get closer to an ultimate truth about the self.

 Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques (Verso Books, 2016)

This candid memoir details a British trans woman’s journey leading up to her gender confirmation surgery in 2012. Starting from Jacques’ days in university, readers follow her growth as she gradually transitions while still continuing other everyday affairs. The resulting experiences shed light on the ambiguity that comes with a burgeoning identity, in the workplace, the college, or even among her circle of friends. Particularly interesting to me were the several commentaries woven throughout the memories—on tragic trans representation in film, on the hostile editorials & politics regarding trans women in the ‘90s and ‘00s, and so on. Jacques’ blend of non-fiction provides a more complete picture on the intimacies of self-discovery.

This Way to the Sugar by Hieu Minh Nguyen (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014)

In this debut poetry collection, there’s a lingering sense of regret or shame as Nguyen ties in dreary, even gruesome, experiences growing up queer with a disconnect from the family (and with that, a culture). From risky, detrimental sexual encounters to eerie reminders of the constant rotting around us—mold and blowflies and shit—Nguyen uncovers several traumas over the course of his collection, and sometimes it seems, like in “Halloween, 14” or “The Story,” everything at once. This collection surely doesn’t bring the upbeat or liberating connotation that Pride Month takes on, but maybe therein lies the significance, a reminder of the extraordinarily raw and provoking experiences that can shape queerness, or vice versa.

Angels in America by Tony Kushner (Theatre Communications Group, 1992)

Kushner’s play follows several intersecting plots in New York City during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s—a gay couple whose relationship is strained by the syndrome, a closeted married man and his distressed wife, and the infamous, powerful (and also closeted) lawyer Roy Cohn.  Witty and devastating at the same time, the drama that ensues even takes on a mystical element as ghosts and other miraculous events push the characters forward, to realize something or demand more in life. Composed of equal parts corruption & betrayal, resilience & growth, this play goes beyond just HIV/AIDS to show the relationship strains that the queer community as a whole face, and the dynamics between its individual members as we look out for each other.

Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones (Coffee House Press, 2014)

Another poetry collection, Jones consistently backdrops violence against a striking, natural brilliance. Some examples: blows the color of garnet and tasting like ruby, sparrows strangled wishfully for better songs, “a roof [that] has been ripped off and the stars [refusing] / to peel their stares from…bruises.” Addressing the disappointment and pain caused by parents, lovers, and the men who never show up, these poems even feel a little dreamy as rustic visions and rich mythologies carry a distraught elegance through the lines. It’s so alluring and so sad, but among all of this, there’s a growth in the background, culminating in a defiant stance at the conclusion. A great read for Pride Month.

Jaxx

Sphinx by Anne Garréta (Deep Vellum, 2016)

I hope you don’t think I’m including Garréta’s novel on this list simply because the translation has been published by Deep Vellum, for it deserves so much respect. I found this book by chance when researching possible topics for my undergraduate senior thesis, which I knew would focus on stylistically-interesting, queer literature. Boy, is this spot! On! Garréta’s genderless love story is able to resonate with so many people because of the possibilities it brings up relating to relationships. Its themes are all-encompassing and can resonate with any reader, which is the mark of truly great literature, no? Plus, it’s fun!

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin (Vintage International, 1956)

If you’ve gotten this far in life without reading James Baldwin, I IMPLORE you to stop what you’re doing and pick up a copy of this novel. I can’t judge, though, because Baldwin was on my “To be read” list for years, which is really just my way of procrastinating recommendations. Then, my professor gave me her copy to borrow, and I knew it was time to give Baldwin the attention he deserves. This book did not disappoint! It’s moving and relatable and, frankly, should be required reading at this point.

Nightwood by Djuna Barnes (New Directions, 1936)

Nightwood is one of the first lesbian-themed novels I read and immediately surprised me with its content, considering it was published in 1936. I love it because of this fact, and because it’s so interesting stylistically.

Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule (Talon Books, 1964)

Some may recommend The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (the inspiration for the movie Carol) over Jane Rule’s novel, but I will go the alternate route and encourage you to pick up Desert of the Heart to dip your toe into lesbian fiction. I’ll admit I saw the film adaptation first, but the plot was unique enough to pique my interest and investigate whether books will always be better than their movies. Now that I’m on the other side, my hypothesis remains unchallenged.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Penguin Press, 2019)

Ocean Vuong is one of those writers who has made me love poetry. I first read him in an introductory creative writing class where I treated poems as something to get through instead of something to enjoy. Then we read Vuong’s poem, “Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong,” and I realized I’d been experiencing words wrong for most of my life. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is his first novel, written as a letter from the main character to his mom. He touches on sexuality, identity, and love through such vivid and heartbreaking experiences, and it feels so relatable. Every phrase is to be savored. You’ll want to finish the book in one night, but I encourage you to restrain yourself so you can meditate on Vuong’s word choice and images.

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Virtual Author Event: Fowzia Karimi & Dima Alzayat in Partnership with White Whale Bookstore http://deepvellum.org/2020/06/23/virtual-author-event-fowzia-karimi-dima-alzayat-in-partnership-with-white-whale-bookstore/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=virtual-author-event-fowzia-karimi-dima-alzayat-in-partnership-with-white-whale-bookstore&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=virtual-author-event-fowzia-karimi-dima-alzayat-in-partnership-with-white-whale-bookstore http://deepvellum.org/2020/06/23/virtual-author-event-fowzia-karimi-dima-alzayat-in-partnership-with-white-whale-bookstore/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 22:58:28 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=6322

Join Pittsburgh’s White Whale Bookstore for a virtual event with Deep Vellum author Fowzia Karimi and Two Dollar Radio Author Dima Alzayat.

Above Us the Milky Way is a story about war, immigration, and the remarkable human capacity to create beauty out of horror. As a young family attempts to reconstruct their lives in a new and peaceful country, they are daily drawn back to the first land through remembrance and longing, by news of the continued suffering and loss of loved ones, and by the war dead, who have immigrated and reside with them, haunting their days and illuminating the small joys and wonders offered them by the new land. The novel’s structure is built around the alphabet, twenty-six pieces written in the first person that sketch a through-line of memory for the lives of the five daughters, mother, and father. Ghost stories and fairytales are woven with old family photographs and medieval-style watercolor illuminations to create an origin story of loss and remembrance.

Purchase Fowzia’s book through White Whale Bookstore: http://whitewhalebookstore.com/readytoship/above-us-the-milky-way

Did you miss a virtual event with Deep Vellum? No worries! All virtual events will be uploaded to our website and YouTube for your perusal.

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Deep Vellum Awards 43 Emergency Grants to Texas Writers, Plans for Round Two http://deepvellum.org/2020/06/23/deep-vellum-awards-43-emergency-grants-to-texas-writers-plans-for-round-two/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-vellum-awards-43-emergency-grants-to-texas-writers-plans-for-round-two&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-vellum-awards-43-emergency-grants-to-texas-writers-plans-for-round-two http://deepvellum.org/2020/06/23/deep-vellum-awards-43-emergency-grants-to-texas-writers-plans-for-round-two/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 16:20:57 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=6320 Green background and image of a book, with text "Deep Vellum Emergency Fund for Texas Literary Artists" across the bottom of the image

For Immediate Release: June 23, 2020
Media Contacts: Will Evans (will@deepvellum.org) and Sara Balabanlilar (sara@deepvellum.org)

Dallas — In response to the economic crisis spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dallas-based nonprofit publisher Deep Vellum launched an emergency fund for Texas writers last month. Today Deep Vellum announced that it plans to award 43 small grants to writers from around the state in order to help mitigate the devastating effects of the crisis on the literary community in Texas.

Awardees come from across the state and include recipients from rural areas in Central and West Texas and the southern border, as well as from all of Texas’s major metropolitan areas. Awardees include poets, essayists, novelists, playwrights, screenwriters, and children’s book writers, and they publish original work in English and Spanish.

The grants are intended to assist Texas writers with short-term financial needs, and Deep Vellum already has plans to begin fundraising for a second round of the Emergency Fund grant since the economic fallout will continue to negatively impact writers through the rest of 2020 and beyond.

“The data we collected through the online applications,” explained Deep Vellum Executive Director Will Evans, “painted a dire portrait of economic need. 28% of applicants were recently laid off from secondary, non-literary jobs, and a full 50% now earn an annual income of less than $15,000.”

“On the other hand,” Evans continued, “we learned so much about writers across the state—both about their inspiring and creative work and about their resilience. We already knew that Texas writers were some of the most diverse and curious writers on the planet, but the list of publications they sent us in their applications reveals a whole new level of incredible work.”

Along with seed funding from Deep Vellum board member Paul Wingo, the Writers’ League of Texas also donated proceeds from a One Page Salon event they held this month. Executive Director Becka Oliver explained their decision to raise money for the fund: “The Deep Vellum Emergency Fund’s goal to support Texas writers in need aligns perfectly with everything the WLT is about – it was an easy decision to throw our support behind it. This literary community of ours is big and diverse and creative and strong. It’s up to all of us to make sure the most vulnerable among us get through this global crisis and that they are able to continue sharing their stories long after this pandemic has passed. I’m so grateful to the Deep Vellum Emergency Fund for stepping up and to all of the folks who joined us for our One Page Salon fundraising event and added their dollars to this worthy and important effort.”

Contributions can still be made to the Deep Vellum Emergency Fund here. All contributions will now be put toward Round Two, which will open when funds become available. Contact Deep Vellum Development Coordinator Lindsay King at lindsay@deepvellum.org if you would like to discuss other giving options.

Deep Vellum is an independent nonprofit publisher based in Dallas. It was founded in 2013 with the mission to bring the world into conversation through literature. Deep Vellum builds community around the literary arts by hosting conversation-driven events and fosters inclusion in the literary arts by publishing works by writers from around the globe and from its home base in Texas.

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Dallas Publisher Launches Deep Vellum Emergency Fund for Texas Literary Artists http://deepvellum.org/2020/05/13/dallas-publisher-launches-deep-vellum-emergency-fund-for-texas-literary-artists/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dallas-publisher-launches-deep-vellum-emergency-fund-for-texas-literary-artists&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dallas-publisher-launches-deep-vellum-emergency-fund-for-texas-literary-artists http://deepvellum.org/2020/05/13/dallas-publisher-launches-deep-vellum-emergency-fund-for-texas-literary-artists/#respond Wed, 13 May 2020 19:01:36 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=6203
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Dallas — As COVID-19 reshapes the American economy, Texas literary artists are disproportionately impacted by the crisis. Many writers work on a freelance basis and are facing reduced project income or have been laid off. With the publishing and book distribution industries on hold, Texas literary artists are experiencing dire financial insecurity. 

In response to the crisis, Dallas-based nonprofit publisher Deep Vellum is launching the Deep Vellum Emergency Fund for Texas Literary Artists. Deep Vellum Executive Director Will Evans explained, “As a major independent nonprofit publisher in the state of Texas, we believe that it is our responsibility to take care of our artists. We’re stepping up to the plate to support a community that not only encourages empathy and dialogue in normal times but that has been a special source of joy and comfort for the Texas public in recent weeks.” 

Grants will be at least $200 and given to Texas writers who demonstrate financial need. Submission deadline for Round One is June 8, and grants will be given as long as funds last. Grantees will not be under contract to Deep Vellum. Applications can be submitted here.

Deep Vellum board member Paul Wingo has generously donated seed money to launch this campaign. According to Wingo, the fund is one way that members of the Texas community can support each other during this crisis. “Some issues are just so big,” he said, “that it’s hard to wrap your head around how you can actually make a difference. Deep Vellum is doing something simple: directly placing money into the hands of artists who need it the most. It is direct help to those whose paths make them the most vulnerable in difficult times like now. It’s a novel idea, doing the write thing.” Wingo lives in Dallas and is an avid fan of literature and bad puns. 

Contributions can be made here, or individuals can contact Deep Vellum Development Coordinator Lindsay King at lindsay [at] deepvellum [dot] org to discuss other giving options. Donations at any level are accepted. Gifts are 100% tax-deductible, and all funds will go directly to Texas literary artists. 

Reading is buoying up individuals and families across the state as we weather this crisis together – let’s support the artists who make reading possible! 


Deep Vellum is an independent nonprofit publisher based in Dallas. It was founded in 2013 with the mission to bring the world into conversation through literature. Deep Vellum builds community around the literary arts by hosting conversation-driven events and fosters inclusion in the literary arts by publishing works by writers from around the globe and from its home base in Texas. 

Press release has been edited to reflect new submission deadline, changed from June 1 to June 8.

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Digital Care Packages Now Available http://deepvellum.org/2020/03/23/digital-care-packages-now-available/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=digital-care-packages-now-available&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=digital-care-packages-now-available http://deepvellum.org/2020/03/23/digital-care-packages-now-available/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2020 20:08:51 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=5883 Send a care package to yourself, or to loved ones who happen to be outside your social distance-appropriate bubble, without having to go to the post office. 

Deep Vellum is offering themed eBook bundles for purchase on our website. For $20, send four Deep Vellum eBooks to someone who desperately needs a literary virtual hug while they stay at home. Hey, you might be that person. That’s okay too. Bundle themes include:

THE HISTORIAN
Travel through time and space to explore our world’s history through these gorgeous, wildly different novels, moving from a little-known battle on the US-Mexico border in the 1800s to the intertwined lives of three women in Peru during the height of the Shining Path insurgency.

THE TRAVELER
These novels are bound up in travel to new places: the theory behind leaving home, the places one might go, and the reasons why. Through heartache and adventure, these characters explore memory, place, and discovery.

THE MATHEMATICIAN
Take a tour through our catalog of Oulipian authors, loose members of a group who impose structural restrictions on their writing (mathematical, geometric, and beyond) in order to investigate the possibilities of verse.

THE ONE WHO DREAMS OF DIFFERENT WORLDS
These books dream of possibilities untold, speculating on bodies and futures that bend the realms of reality and follow exploration beyond the edges of what we know.

Take a look at our newest bundles below!

WOMEN WRITERS ACROSS THE GLOBE
Only about 3% of books read in the U.S. are in translation, and an even smaller number than that are by women. Deep Vellum’s mission includes championing underrepresented voices. Here, those voices include women from Brazil, Indonesia, Algeria/France, and Denmark. This is only a sampler of the women’s voices in our catalog, which strives for gender parity. Use our Dealer’s Choice pack to purchase more ebooks by women!

MAGICAL REALISM AND MORE
Are you a fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Isabel Allende? These Deep Vellum titles explore magical realist or fabulist themes, inserting surreal elements to reckon with reality. Traditionally, magical realism is rooted in a postcolonial outlook. In our collection below, characters grapple with borders, identity, and cultural history through myth, fantasy, and nightmare.

LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE
Literature from Latin America has seen a renaissance, thanks to seasoned and creative translators and proliferating independent presses broadening English readers’ horizons. From our very first title to our upcoming seasons, Deep Vellum is determined to publish beloved and up-and-coming authors from south of the U.S. border. Download this bundle to read some of the deeper cuts from Deep Vellum’s Latin American collection.

DEEP VELLUM BESTSELLERS
Since our inception in 2013, Deep Vellum has worked to bring readers the best contemporary international literature. Get to know us through these four bestsellers from our first six years!

DEALER’S CHOICE
Unsure of the above? Tell us a little about the person you’re sending a care package to, and we’ll put together four titles for them. 

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