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Philadelphia, PA


An nonprofit, independent book publisher and writers' workshop located in Philadelphia that creates innovative relationships between the authors and the work they produce.


Shockwire Chapbook Series

Philadelphia nonprofit publisher The Head & The Hand is proud to bring you stories with the power to spark change. Our newly released (April 2018) Shockwire Chapbook Series recognizes the need to raise the storytelling stakes in response to intimidation, fear, and inequality. 


Like so many other members of the literary community in Philadelphia, we at The Head & The Hand took stock of our output as a creative organization after the 2016 election and asked ourselves if there was more to be done.

Our mission has always been to publish writing that has the power to spark change and entertain, and now more than ever we feel compelled to raise the storytelling stakes through the socially engaged focus of the Shockwire Chapbook Series. 

We envision Shockwire stories as snapshots of a time and place where expressions of curiosity, empathy, and acceptance shine a light on their absence in everyday life.

We may not be lawmakers or world leaders, but we are storytellers with the power to contribute to a conversation happening many miles above our heads.

We amplify our contribution by writing it down and passing that vision along in the form of a chapbook.

Here’s to those hopeful enough to continue writing up, over, and through the polarizing haze of the current political climate in search of a deeper understanding of ourselves and one another. We can’t wait to see what kind of sparks fly as a result.

Submissions for the fall 2018 slate of Shockwire Chapbooks are open now through August 15, 2018. Submit here. 

Click below to view chapbook descriptions and to purchase: