Thread Makes Blanket exists to provide a home for excellent writing that may otherwise have trouble finding a home. We have no hard and fast criteria for who or what we publish, but we operate with a consciousness that too often the most necessary writing— writing by people of color, queer and trans writers, work that is political, work that is “about” something, and work that prioritizes community above the individual artist— is less likely to be read, published, distributed, and/or legitimized. We are here because we believe in the voices of those writers, those communities, and the lesser known histories that their works call forth. We are not about empty, pretty things.
We see each publication as an opportunity to embark on a collaboration with the artist or artists to give their project the backing it deserves and find the readers it is intended to reach. We believe that the process of publishing is as important as the final product and we seek to engage with our artists in a way that is supportive to their vision, creative in its means of distribution, and anti-capitalist in its intentions.
Many people contribute to the work that TMB does, but it is led by these two primary obsessors:
Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela is a writer, editor, community college professor and sometimes DJ. Her poetry and prose have been supported by many rad people and projects including: VONA, Lambda Literary, The Leeway Foundation, Hedgebrook, American Poetry Review, The Baffler, Make/shift, As Us Journal, The Rust Belt Rising, APIARY, Aster(ix), Solstice, The Acentos Review, Mad House, HOLD, boneless, skinless, Bedfellows, and Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements (Soberscove 2016).
Nico Amador is a writer, educator and community organizer living in Vermont by way of San Diego and Philadelphia. Nico’s poetry has appeared in Poet Lore, Nimrod International Journal, MiPOesias, HOLD, Big Bell, Plenitude, Bedfellows, and APIARY Magazine. His chapbook, Flower Wars, was the recipient of the Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize. Nico is an alumni of the Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat and founder of the Rogue Writing Workshop in Philadelphia, which provides access to workshop instruction with accomplished poets for those writing and learning outside of academic institutions.