project leader
Lynn T
location
12888 Cedar Rd
(Ohio)
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the project

Since 2021, the Ohio Immigrant Alliance has published two volumes of the Ohio Migration Anthology featuring artwork, stories, essays, interviews, poems, and more from people with a connection to Ohio and to migration. With 2025 around the corner, we’re opening submissions for Volume 3 and seeking funds for pre- and post-publication costs. Raising money this way allows us to direct 100% of book sales to contributors.

This project will fund the 2025 publication of Volume 3 in this series. Volume 1, "Far From Their Eyes," was published in 2021. Volume 2, "(Everything Is) Cells and Bodies" followed in 2023. The project has been featured at the Columbus Arts Festival, on Ideastream Public Media, and in the Columbus Dispatch and Arts Fuse. This spring, we'll be at the Ohioana Book Festival, an annual event that centers Ohio literary works and the diverse group of people who call Ohio home. 

In 2023, thanks to support from Ohio Arts Council, Ioby, and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, we added multimedia content and an ADA-accessible website, and began partnering with the Illustrated Memoirs youth project in Volume 2. Gloria Kellon, whose medium is the quilt, was also featured in Volume 2. Kellon narrates American history with Black protagonists through cloth, batting, and string, documenting tragic stories like the Mothers of Gynecology as well as the triumphs of leaders such as Barack Obama and Venus and Serena Williams.

In 2025, youth art from the Illustrated Memoirs project will grace our cover, and we are expanding our artistic offerings to include tattoo stencils and the musical storytelling of an African griot. Babel Box Theater’s “Kassandra,” a one-person play about a transgender migrant sex worker, will also feature in the work. “Kassandra” is told in one of the most internationally understood languages of our time, precarious English, which playwright Sergio Blanco calls the “language of survival.”

Pick up Volume One: Far From Their Eyes and Volume Two: (Everything Is) Cells and Bodies on Amazon, Bookshop.org, or at Mac’s Backs Books on Coventry. 

the steps

March through December 2024

January through May 2025

  • Review, select, and edit submissions
  • Get contributor bios, headshots, W-9s 
  • Pitch long-lead media stories
  • Share manuscript draft with Foreword writer
  • Build out publication media plan

May through August 2025

  • Prepare final manuscript and book cover
  • Purchase ISBNs
  • Copyright registration
  • Library of Congress registration
  • Goodreads and Amazon author pages
  • Advance copies to reviewers and journalists 
  • Promotional materials
  • Upload manuscript to IngramSpark and Kindle Direct Publishing

September through December 2025

  • Publish
  • Promote
  • Book events
  • Submit for 2026 conferences 

why we're doing it

"I am a man." "Yo existo." #BlackLivesMatter. If you've never felt your humanity denied, you might not understand why some people have to declare their right to exist. We are all just "cells and bodies," after all. And that is a connection the Ohio Migration Anthology, in all of its volumes, is working to make. 

From African Americans whose families came during the Great Migrations to people from other countries seeking safety today, the Ohio Migration Anthology centers art from Ohioans of all cultures and walks of life through poems, short stories, visual and tactile art, interviews, essays, and more. In the human experience, migration is as basic as breathing; it's as old as time. People move for opportunities as well as survival, and the courage it takes to migrate is a an act of love.

In her review of Volume 1, Marina Manoukian writes:  "What comes out of reading about these experiences? What comes out of knowing about the different things people endure on their way from being in one place to another? To read about the movement of others isn’t about preparing for the inevitable — it’s about finding the intersections that inevitably remake us all."

From the beginning, the Ohio Immigrant Alliance has partnered with the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers to connect African American experiences to those of international migrants making Ohio home. In 2023 we continued this partnership and, thanks to support from Ohio Arts Council, Ioby, and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, we added multimedia content and an ADA-accessible website, and began partnering with the Illustrated Memoirs youth project in Volume 2. Gloria Kellon, whose medium is the quilt, was also featured in Volume 2. Kellon narrates American history with Black protagonists through cloth, batting, and string, documenting tragic stories like the Mothers of Gynecology as well as the triumphs of leaders such as Barack Obama and Venus and Serena Williams.

budget

Raising these funds allows us to ensure that 100% of book sales go directly to anthology contributors.

Following is our ioby project budget:

  • ADA-accessible website: $1,000
  • Video production and editing: $750
  • Photography: $500
  • Administrative expenses (IBSNs, copyright registration, supplies, postage): $500
  • Travel and events: $2,250 (We will attend the Columbus Arts Festival, and Ohioana Book Festival (also in Columbus), so we need money for travel expenses. We also host local book readings, which sometimes cost money for space rental, catering, etc.)

 

PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED    $5,000.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee N/A    $0.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee 4%    $81.30
TOTAL TO RAISE    $5,081.30
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.    

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