”I don’t think there’s anyone I know in this town who works harder for justice than Hope McMath. This cover is really about a call to action. What must we do for justice? What one small act of justice can you do every day? For us that means writing, sharing, telling stories. And these are nuanced stories. There isn’t one answer to how to achieve justice for all except to say this: that it is an inclusive answer. And everybody’s voice needs to be heard in a respectful environment.”
—Jennifer Wolfe, on First Coast Living
What Must We Do?
What is your one small act? This is ours.
We’re so pleased to honor the work of Hope McMath on the cover of our 2023 edition of (a) river rising: Anthology of Women Writers, Vol. V(And Justice for All). Please join us in congratulating her, the 82 contributors, and the 25 editors! Hope will be speaking Saturday at the Release Party at The Jax By Jax Literary Arts Festival. Details below. And please PREORDER your copy now so she can sign your book at the event!
Workshops, Panel Discussions, and a Community ReadAround
At the festival you’ll not only be able pick up our beautiful new anthology, but also participate in our Community ReadAround, attend a Panel Discussion and Author Q&A, and attend a free Writing Circle and Workshop built around the anthology. Not to mention, listen to all the Jax By Jax writers featured at the festival, including Mayor Donna Deegan!
All are welcome. Register HERE. And please consider becoming a Golden Quill supporter to support our ongoing work; you’ll receive two extra copies and our deep gratitude. Your donation helps us sustain this enormous labor of love for our community.
—Jennifer Wolfe, Executive Director,
Women Writing for (a) Change Jacksonville
p.s. register for all events below so we know you’re coming
Sharing Our Story
Thanks for the feature, First Coast Living! Watch here.
The Last Word
Lost her balance, chin bloodied, she’s a wild eyed what-
ever-if we invite, she’ll come in from the cold? We must
oil our wood table, polish silver, it’s hard but we
won’t rest and we won’t get tired, dreamers do
far more than’s required: open windows to
let sunlight sing off faceted crystal, re-create
rainbows, wear out door-hinges welcoming, loose the
locks, inside small houses infinite space,
inside big houses hold sacred a place for
each small self, in our prisons, it’s possible liberty
dwells. If we invite her, she’ll be both guest and
host, singing a generous grace for she is Justice.
Set the table, ring the bell, it’s time for
the calling, we have places laid here, all of us, all.
~~ Anna Jacobson