Welcome to IN OUR OWN WORDS the Ezine from BBBooks. We publish and distribute books, list "Calls for Submissions," Contests, and Writing Classes here on our web site.
We are a grass roots organization, not a corporate entity, so we don't dance to the dollar sign. You can expect to find thought- provoking, creative, alternative writing, information and politics right here. We offer the "People Before Profits Poetry Prize" each year and offer all kinds of other stuff for writers, poets, students, educators, spiritual types, feminists, humanists, and activists. We're people who follow their conscience, but like to have fun too!
The writers in this edition of
"In Our Own Words" range in age from their teens to
is simple: Writers respond to life; they chronicle our times
and remind us what it is like to be human.
| About Writing
Rarely do difficulties between humans have simple solutions that can be solved by "products"(other than basic food/shelter/medicine). Attempts to buy a remedy for an intellectual, emotional, spiritual quandary "in a box" inevitably masks and delays the hard work we must do to evolve as humans. Many writers discover, process, clarify and make evident their own and even our human collective intellectual, emotional and spiritual evolution through their work.
Should we choose to look outside ourselves to the ever-present, always-willing-to-hook-our-attention commercial media, we will be find simplistic formulas. Actual life is enormously complex. Commercial interests rarely present us with accurate versions of history.
At BBP we believe writing is an artform, a process, and a fundamental human right. We understand that all writing has a political context, even through omission. On the other hand, overly polemic, dogmatic writing does little to inspire readers to think for themselves. At BBP we wish to support the power to think independently, the most precious component of human free will.
BBP is not affiliated with any particular political or religious group. Writings contained on this web site do not necessarily represent the opinions of the staff or management of BBP.
Table of Contents
is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor
freedom and yet depreciate agitation wants crops without plowing
up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening.
They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters...
Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never
Frederick Douglass 1857
How You Can Be Published:
several ways. You can also send in poetry or short prose of
your own to be considered for IN OUR OWN WORDS, our ezine. We
also recommend looking at the Classifieds in Poets
and Writers Magazine, visiting our Calls
for Submission Page, or entering a contest, similar to our annual "Burning Bush Poetry Prize." Only entries that include
a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) will be returned, so
be sure to include this with your work. See
our editorial philosophy.