There has to be some happy medium between the prospect of striking a deal with a big publishing company and the tireless effort required of those who’ve opted to self-publish. While some authors may have the luxury of a full-time job allowing for generous savings, many of us require our day jobs just to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. Red Dirt Publishing is the outgrowth of one writer’s ambition to create a repository for cutting-edge, quality writing by pulling together many of the resources available to him. Tim’m T. West, author of “Red Dirt Revival” and visionary for Red Dirt Publishing, imagined a kind of text rich with poetic sensibility, risky in its break from traditional form and language, and predicated on the notion that our stories are the way black folk relay our philosophy and sense of truth.
An undergraduate and graduate student of Philosophy and Literature, Tim’m struggled to find a space to reconcile all the theories he encountered in school with the voices and rhythms of the folk back home. Red Dirt Publishing takes off from this notion of the apostrophe he adopted as part of his “taken” name. In his book “Red Dirt Revival” he references bell hooks in “Letter to Cixous”when he says: “talking back, fighting back, names aren’t supposed to have apostrophes!”. This “hooksean” notion of talking back and telling the truth to save oneself and one’s community is the foundation for Tim’m’s first book—a text mediating the spaces between academia and “Southern fried front porches.” The apostrophe itself symbolizes the bold interruption in language. It is the poor sistah’s colloquial insistence that “don’t” and “do not” mean almost exactly the same thing, and the former takes less effort to say. Red Dirt Publishing wants to celebrate these ruptures and breaks in the way people speak about their experience. Our philosophies are the stories we tell, the poetry we puzzle together, the whispers that get passed down through the generations waiting for a loud-mouth dis/closeur in order to be set free. We should not have to be apologetic for being “deep” and poetic or for celebrating the vast vernaculars of the English language created by peoples of African descent. Red Dirt Publishing is drawn to people who understand these rich and meaningful sensibilities in language. A budding repository for the multidisciplinary artist, authors involved with Red Dirt Publishing are not incidentally musicians, theater folk, emcees, vocalists, dancers, visual artists, and educators.
The wait is almost over!
L. Michael Gipson's new book "Collisions: A Collection of Intersections" is coming soon to Red Dirt Publishing.
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BARE contains more of the thoughtful dialogue on spaces and self begun with Red Dirt Revival but is contextualized by many of his new experiences since moving from his "second home" in Oakland to Washington D.C. ...
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