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Kota Press

KotaPress and KotaPress Poetry Journal:

In memory of Dakota Jones

by Harry Jones and Kara L.C. Jones

We created KotaPress in April 1999 in memory of our child Dakota Jones. Our wish is that Dakota's spirit will continue on this earth through the efforts of this independent press that is based in Seattle.

At this point all of our efforts have involved poetry to some degree or another. The poetic focus came as a direct result of using poetry to process grief after the loss of Dakota. Our poetic efforts led us back into the world at large in a safe way. For instance, naming our business KotaPress gives us the chance to say our son's name constantly. Without this, bringing up the subject of one's dead child is very much a taboo in our society. This has all evolved into creating a poetic space where many people have been able to express their art through our paper & ink books, our online poetry journal and the various other projects we produce.

Our first issue of the KotaPress Poetry Journal was published online in Fall 1999. Featured in theWinter Solstice 1999 Issue was Poet Chat, a question & answer session, with Charles Fishman--several of his poems were also featured. (Charles Fishman is the Associate Editor of The Drunken Boat, editor's note.) Another featured poet was Esther Altshul Helfgott, author of the recent KotaPress book The Homeless One: A Poem In Many Voices. You will also find the fabulous photography of our "staff" artist, Todd Schneider and Susan Mello.

The new issue of the Journal is will just out for Spring Equinox in March 2000. We are featuring feature Elizabeth Gray's poetry and an interview with her in Poet Chat. We take submissions of poetry on a constant basis with issues being published in March, June, September, and December to coincide with the Equinox and Solstice holidays. Please see our guidelines to submit your work to us.

Our primary project is the Mrs. Duck Project which offers free copies of the book, Mrs. Duck and the Woman written by Kara L.C. Jones, to grieving families. Mrs. Duck and the Woman is the story of a mother trying to rebuild her life, her hope, and her dreams, after the loss of her infant child. Written in language that is accessible to all ages, the book helps parents, children, and families to begin the healing process after suffering the loss of a child.

The scope of the Mrs. Duck Project is global as we have now sent copies of Mrs. Duck and the Woman to families in Germany, Australia, and South Africa as well as throughout the U.S. to individuals, hospitals, clinics, and grief organizations--all for free. With the Centers for Disease Control telling us that 30,000+ babies per year are stillborn in the United States alone, you can see that helping these grieving families is a major outreach. This Project relies on the funds of Sponsors who buy a bit of advertising in exchange for the cost of printing & distribution on the books. To read more about this Project and find out how you can participate, please see our Loss Section and be in touch with us.

We invite you to take a look at all we have to offer at KotaPress and we welcome your feedback and inquiries. Email us. We do try to answer every email personally.