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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. 


The Head & The Hand’s mission is to publish writing that has the power to spark change and entertain, and the socially conscious Shockwire Chapbook Series is our gambit to raise the storytelling stakes. 

Shockwire stories are 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 national conversation.

We amplify our contribution by writing toward a deeper understanding of ourselves and one another and sharing that vision in the form of a chapbook.

Through our spring and fall 2018 Shockwire series, we published stories of homelessness, immigration, intersectionality, and civil rights history (see more below). We are excited to see what stories our spring submissions will tell.

Submit to the spring 2019 Shockwire series here. We will be reviewing your work now through April 16, 2019.

Click below to view chapbook descriptions and to purchase: