“We do this [write] because the world we live in is a house on fire and the people we love are burning in it” – Sandra Cisneros
Let us say that the house is on fire and you can only take one thing with you. So you take the fire. Burning House Press is the fire you take with you.
Burning House Press is born from a community arts ethos and focus. We seek to cultivate spaces where people feel safe and encouraged to explore and express their creativity. We hold a belief in the power of creativity, and share a faith in the fundamental connectivity of all peoples, especially as expressed through the commonality and community of multi-disciplinary arts. We believe that capitalism and its attendant profit culture is a public health issue, affecting us all on the level of our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health and well-being.
We passionately believe in art as a tool for personal transformation and healing, for re-imagining the collective present, and for calling forth a future which honours all life, and fulfills the promise and dignity of our diverse, collective, ancestral histories, wisdoms and cultural inheritance. We view art as a fundamental and inviolable right for all, and not the few. We are a diverse, inclusive platform for artists and also (especially) those who do not consider themselves artists – regardless of age, race, class, nationality, gender or sexual identity.
We are committed to a continuation and perpetuation of our community arts mission across all platforms, whether on-line, in print, in person, at workshops or performance events – namely, we support and encourage all peoples in a return towards our innate creativity, in reconnecting with our intuitive poetic faculties, reclaiming and asserting our right to embrace, utilise, celebrate and honour the infinity of our imaginations. Burning House Press remembers the path to the water-well, as well as the way to the ward, and we sing them both.
It takes a village to write a poem.
Not For Profit/For Prophecy.
With Love – Burning House Press