Swift & Sparrow Press launched in 2019 to publish Bethel Swift's debut book, Conversations with Good Men (Spring 2020). Bethel will be reading from her work and signing books at local libraries, bookstores, and Open Mics in San Diego and Chicago once it is safe to host and attend events again. Books published by Swift & Sparrow Press explore the concept of "good" and "goodness" so next up for the press is an anthology of body affirming poetry - accepting submissions in 2021! Also in the works is a full-length memoir-in-verse poetry collection (title TBA) from Bethel Swift.
Conversations with Good Men ponders themes of love and loneliness, heartbreak and hope. Through real and imagined (spoken and internal) dialogue between feminine and masculine voices, the poet invites readers to join her on a three-act journey exploring the spiritual and practical complexity of awakening as a feminist while being in relationship with one’s faith, family, friends, lovers, and self. Swift’s book compassionately tackles the struggle to better understand upbringing and belief, self-esteem and desire, betrayal and healing while learning to love, lose, and become open to loving again. Fans of poets from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, to E.E. Cummings, to Rupi Kaur and Charly Cox will appreciate Bethel Swift’s brevity, wit, transparency, and heart in this collection.
An anthology of body positive/body affirming poetry from Swift & Sparrow Press. Submissions are anticipated to open in 2021 and the anthology will be published the following year. Contributers will receive two free copies (one print, one ebook) and be eligible to sell their own books at local (and online) group reading and signing events for the anthology. Sign up to receive Bethel Swift's Swift & Sparrow Press quarterly newsletter for more information on submissions dates and guidelines and to learn more about the publication process for this exciting project!
Bethel Swift's coming-of-age memoir-in-verse (in the style of Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson) is anticipated to release in 2025. Stay tuned via social media, and by signing up for Bethel's quarterly emails, for more insider-information about this full-length project.