Founded in 2020, in Chicago, the mission of Barrio Blues Press is to elevate the voices of emerging writers and to help build a cooperative society. Visionaries for a better world will be given a voice through the press.
Beginning with Nation: A Poetry Book by Penned in the City (for the Chicago Freedom School); to Unity: Volume 1: A Magical Realism Anthology, an anthology of international writers, poets, and artists, aimed at raising money for Doctors Without Borders; to Wolf Trek: A Post-Apocalyptic Werewolf Novelette's (for Jai Mehta's family. Jai Mehta was a phenomenal poet who left us too soon. he was survived by his wife, Priti, and young daughter.); to free-forever books for young and seasoned readers bored at home, during this terrible pandemic: Barrio Blues Press began its mission, summer 2020 and continues to thrive.
We are elated to have our first author, Misael Juarez, a Los Angeles Zapotec poet and rapper, signed on with Barrio Blues Press with his collection, My Spoken Word Wife: A Wild, Street, Romantic, and Revolutionary Journey. This collection is a rich, complex book of radical poems. Itis scheduled to come out summer 2021.
Nightmare with a Twist! by contributors from Penned in the City is coming May 2021. This speculative fiction, poetry, and art anthology is helping fund the production and contributory copies and shipping costs for Unity, Volume 2: A Speculative Anthology.
In these ways, Barrio Blues Press will fulfill its mission and grow its scope. We are grateful for all the artists, authors, and volunteers who contribute to the press and for readers like you.
"Unity Volume 1: A Magical Realism Anthology is a collection of overtly varied short stories and poems from diverse voices. What unites them, however, is a deep visceral nature. Whether it be grief, horror, or romance, this body of work has led me a reader, enough to become an 'insider' to be able to smell the pungent air in the rain; to become the beloved; to feel the horror in the bones or to become enmeshed with the terrible pain. In my view, it's called powerful storytelling ability, where every tear, drops to tell a story, and every verse sings a poetry recital." -Mehreen Ahmed, Moirae