I am more than honored to share that I am a part of Kevin Jay Stanton and Annie Stoll’s 1001 Knights! My two poems are published in the book Courage, first of the three-part, limited-edition anthology, with the other books aptly named Wisdom and Fellowship. I adore this project, and the many hearts and hands who made the pages come alive with their stories and illustrations. Finally holding the book in my hands was a phenomenal feeling, especially knowing that I’ll have ten copies of Courage, and two sets of the full anthology, one of which is the exclusive blue-velvet cover for the creators. But personally? I’m a fan of the bright red one.
1001 Knights is a crowdfunded project driven by knighthood and strong feminist undertones. It was successfully backed on Kickstarter in February 2016. There were a bit of delays–this project was so colossal (three grand books, all pages dripping with individual stories, cultures and inspirations?) it took more than a year for the books to be shipped out. I have received mine on the first quarter of 2018, but the waiting was worth it.
This was the first time I have seen my name, and my work, in a book.
To celebrate this joyous moment, I’d like to share with you the two poems I have contributed in the anthology.
Yes, you’re seeing it right. Those are two female Bible characters, the latter less acknowledged for her bravery to defy a king and is usually pitted against Esther, who took her place. I wrote both pieces sometime in 2014, evidently angry, and sent them to Kevin right away without taking a second look. I learned that I was the first person who ever submitted their work, and I don’t know whether I should be proud for being speedy, or not for being reckless.
But I love these poems, and the last bits on Eve constantly gut my stomach every time I read them, because it’s true.
I’m so, so thankful to be a part of this amazing project, to be in the same page with breathtakingly talented artists and writers across the US and the globe, and to be one with them in promoting courage, values, and self-worth. Things that make us real life knights. Things that this world cannot take away. x