Justice For Our Neighbors Kalamazoo announces second printing of the anthology: Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors.

Kalamazoo, Mich. [June 15]: Less than two months after 125 people celebrated the release of the anthology, Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors at the Arcus Center for Social Justice, the anthology has sold out of its first 400 copies and gone into second printing. The anthology, which contains poetry, essays, and interviews from 36 contributors—many from Kalamazoo and the surrounding area—explores the theme of immigration and reflects on what it means to be a neighbor. How do we show or not show hospitality to our neighbors? What does it mean to be a foreigner, a traveler in the world today? This 116 page anthology, in which proceeds benefit Justice for Our Neighbors in Kalamazoo, is edited by Jennifer Clark and Miriam Downey and published by Celery City Books. Scott Matteson designed the book’s eye-catching cover which bears the Statue of Liberty draped in flags of different countries.

“We couldn’t be more excited that the anthology is doing so well,” says Miriam Downey, co-editor of the anthology. “The feedback has been wonderful. Readers have been impressed by the quality of writing as well as the prominent poets and writers included in the anthology.” Aspiring young poets who have roots in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Mexico, and Tajikistan are surrounded by well-known Michigan talents such as Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Buddy Hannah, Bonnie Jo Campbell, John Rybicki, Lynn Pattison, Marion Boyer, Phillip Sterling, Alison Swan, Jack Ridl, Kathryn Almy, and Hedy Habra, as well as a chorus of prominent poets and writers across America; Naomi Shihab Nye, Teresa Mei Chuc, Scott Russell Sanders, Jim Daniels (formerly of Detroit), and Ted Kooser, the 13th Poet Laureate of the United States. From the Netherlands, Bryan R. Monte joins in this symphony of welcoming all.

Avid reader and longtime community advocate Deborah Droppers says, “I applaud the anthology of essays and poems found in Immigration and Justice for our Neighbors. The anthology uses the written word to encourage thoughtful discourse on the challenges that each of our communities face while celebrating the amazing things that happen organically when people believe in the power of conversation between neighbors that are close and beyond our picket fences.”

By the end of the week, the anthology, along with discussion questions, join the Kalamazoo Public Libraries impressive list of books available for their Book Club in a Bag. Karen Trout, Reading Together coordinator for the Kalamazoo Public Library says, “KPL’s 2016 social justice resolution includes the statement: KPL values compassion and champions everyone’s right to be welcome in a safe environment in the library and in the wider community. Adding this title to our Book Club in a Bag collection–and encouraging local dialogue about the issue of immigration–is a perfect way to put this institutional commitment into action.” Book Club in a Bag is open to all Kalamazoo Public Library district resident cardholders.

In addition to finding the anthology at local libraries, it is also available at the following locations:

-Bookbug (3019 Oakland Drive in Oakwood Plaza at Oakland Dr. & Whites Rd.)
-Michigan News Agency (308 W. Michigan Avenue in downtown Kalamazoo)
-Kzoo Books (2413 Parkview Avenue in Kalamazoo)
-Tudor House Tea & Spice (352 S. Kalamazoo Mall in downtown Kalamazoo)
-First United Methodist Church (212 S. Park in downtown Kalamazoo across from Bronson Park)
-Books can also obtained by mail by completing an order form that can be downloaded by going here: http://www.umc-kzo.org/JFON