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We are proud to print all of  our books locally in Oakland, CA. We strongly believe in supporting local authors, publishers, and printers and growing together. We distribute our books with a local distributor and every week—multiple times a week—feature local writers, musicians, and artists in our diverse events across the Bay Area and Brooklyn, NY. Thank you for visiting and supporting your small, community-focused non-profit publishing organization.

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FEATURED COLLABORATION BETWEEN Nomadic press and The koppel project

In a five-week feature in collaboration with The Koppel Project in London starting on October 2, 2016, Nomadic Press will be featuring one story per week by Gabriella Sonabend, who recently had her work featured in our 2015 annual journal, Nomadic Journal: Sate, alongside images of corresponding works by Sol Bailey Barker. This is the first time that these works by Sol Bailey Barker, which were left in situ in Colombia, have been shared online. The first story, "This is the Dry Place" (narrated by esteemed British actress, Nicola Walker), is featured in audio format below. The first image features the sculpture 'Branch on a Desert Road' by Sol Bailey Barker. Happy listening!

INSTALLMENT #1: "THIS IS THE DRY PLACE"

"Branch on a Desert Road" by Sol Bailey Barker, La Guajira Desert, Colombia, 2014.

Set at the northernmost point of Latin America, "This is the Dry Place" follows the life of Majayut, a child of the salt of Wayuu lineage. As Majayut grows up, she encounters the modern world beyond the desert and must choose between a life of tradition and one of risk and change. Referencing indigenous Wayuu mythology and spiritual practice, this story travels between dream and waking life. 

This story was written as part of the "From Myth To Earth" project by Gabriella Sonabend and Sol Bailey Barker.

INSTALLMENT #2: "MOTHERHOOD"

"Cracked and Bound Ceiba" by Sol Bailey Barker, Bogota, 2014. 

Elena, an elderly woman living in Bogota, sits in her apartment and surveys her belongings. Each holds a fragment of a memory. As she waits for her grandchildren to visit and flicks through TV channels looking for a Bruce Willis movie, she reflects on her life and considers the challenges of motherhood. 

INSTALLMENT #3: "THE FABLE OF BHB"

 "Where the Line is Drawn" by Sol Bailey Barker, Palomino, Colombia, 2014

"BHB," a children's gang who trade bottles, and their enemy gang "Las Guapas" live in an idyllic coastal village where at night the residents are prohibited to visit the beaches. A strange turn of events and gang politics lead to an unexpected revelation about the activities at the beach at night, which causes the villagers to question their sense of reality.

INSTALLMENT #4: THE JUNGLE IS PINK

"Monumento a la Selva" by Sol Bailey Barker. Carved from a fallen rubber tree. High Amazon Jungle, 2015.

"Monumento a la Selva" by Sol Bailey Barker. Carved from a fallen rubber tree. High Amazon Jungle, 2015.

As an old freight ship travels down the Amazon River, the lives of locals, tourists, vision seekers, jungle doctors, and traders overlap for a brief moment in time. (Narrated by Tomos Eames.)

INSTALLMENT #5: A MOUTH FULL OF GOLD

"Copper Bound Heartwood" by Sol Bailey Barker, Antioquia, Colombia, 2014.

After one stolen kiss with Pablo Escobar, Melissa is infatuated. On discovering her daughter's infatuation with the notorious gangster, Melissa's mother throws her out of the house and Melissa finds herself on a strange path meeting an ancient and eccentric clairvoyant called Gill who channels the dead. Through Gil, Melissa seeks a connection with Pablo and so unravels one of the strangest tales in Santo Domingo.

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