The Emma Press has acquired three new poetry pamphlets submitted unagented to the press during its September 2021 call for submissions. The collections touch on themes of love and language, creativity, abusive medical systems weighted against marginalised genders, archives and cultural
My body became a disobedient, untrustworthy, sometimes hostile thing, so paradoxically I felt a separation from it too, as if it was the wild animal and I was the threatened human being.
I’m sure you’ll agree that life appears to just get busier and busier; each time I near the end of one ‘to-do’ list, another materialises before I can even consider a break. Whether it is the demands of a job; or the persistence of children; or even just those niggly little jobs that life requires of us, (like the washing – ugh, washing). For me, a busier life has meant that I have struggled to find time to fit in my reading – novels have been taking so long to read that I am finding myself losing interest without really giving them a chance. Last month, I decided to spend some time with shorter forms for writing that I could read in one sitting. The impact was instant – not only did I get back into a consistent rhythm of reading, I also found myself taking regular short breaks that have done wonders for my well-being.
The Emma Press has signed Pakistani poet and academic Rakhshan Rizwan’s debut poetry collection. Emma Dai’an Wright, executive editor of The Emma Press, acquired world rights in the English language to Europe, Love Me Back. It will publish on 6th October 2022.