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SFK Press cultivates the diverse voices of the South with artistic expression as diverse as Brooklyn’s Williamsburg or Chicago’s Wicker Park.  SFK Press: Cultivating the artistic voices of the New Millennium with a Southern Accent.

What Exactly is SFK Press

The path for an artist to reach a wider audience is no longer exclusively controlled by corporate gatekeepers measuring each choice purely by its economic return. This is the founding premise of SFK Press, an independent publisher based in Metro Atlanta.

In the Deep South, where the bespectacled Flannery O’Connor inhabits every literary tick, the contemporary narrative is dynamic. We’re marching far beyond the cynical stories of the 20th century. Authors have dumped the askew pastorals on their asses. We recognize that cultivating new voices requires broadening the definition of Southern writing. The hero isn’t always represented in a conventional fashion.

Our debut title, “Lying for a Living” by Steve McCondichie, debuted February 28, 2017. The inaugural novel contest broke ground at the 2017 AWP Conference & Book Fair Currently our qualified judges are selecting finalists to consider for publication. We are proud members of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). Keep checking this site and southernfriedkarma.com periodically for more information.

CHELSEY GUY: Editorial Assistant

What fictional world would you love to live in and why?

I would love to live in the world of Wakanda! Wakanda is the fictional comic book kingdom where the Black Panther reigns as king. The world is occupied only by black Africans, and the society is incredibly advanced. The culture of Wakanda is incredibly empowering to me as a black woman since every woman is taught how to be a warrior and the ruling class of Wakanda are all protected by black female warriors. Wakanda depends on black women and is run by them, and there are few things more inspiring to me than that. I would love to be a part of that.

Who is your favorite fictional character ever and why?

Ever since I read Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, I have not been able to stop thinking about the character of Binti. I think it is because she encapsulates everything I want my female protagonists to be. Binti is my role model for what a character should be in a story. Binti is extraordinary with her own beliefs, culture, history, and more. Binti is realistic to me. Binti just feels real. She isn’t a character to me but an actual person, and I love her. She’s my favorite character of all time, and I would love to see more women like her written into existence.

Who is your least favorite fictional character ever and why?

I wrote my first novel when I was twelve years old, and it was not because I was bored or wanted to try something new. It was because I was angry at a book – no, actually, a book’s character. Bella Swan from Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight is the reason that I am a writer today. To me, Bella was dull, full of melodramatic teenage angst, and lacking in personality. There was nothing special about Bella Swan to me. I was livid at the loss of potential in Twilight. The dormant potential of the book is what enraged me, but the creation of a character like Bella Swan stoked the flames.

Follow Chelsey on Twitter @ChelseyJGuy.

EMERY DUFFEY: Editorial Assistant

Growing up, I always wanted to be a writer. The trendy, bohemian type of writer that looked like someone straight off of the set of Rent. At eighteen years old, it seemed hip and cool – whatever the kids call it these days. After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts in English and working to pay actual rent for four and a half years as a freelance writer, here’s a spoiler alert:  It’s not as hip and trendy as I thought. It’s a special kind of hell where I get beat my own head into a wall, but a hell that I love.

What fictional world would you love to live in and why?

If I could pick any fictional world to live in, it’d be Isla Nublar of the Jurassic Park franchise. I’m a fangirl of literally all the books, games, and movies. If Isla Nublar existed, you wouldn’t see me ever again. I’d disappear into the jungle to live with the velociraptors, tame the T-Rex, and stampede with the triceratops. Y’all wouldn’t hear from me again. *raptor shrieks while showing teeth* We can all dream, right?

Who is your favorite fictional character ever and why?

My favorite fictional character is Daria. She’s basically me when I was in high school – a nebulous loner who avoided social circles like the plague. Okay, let’s face it. She’s still me now. Give us coffee and solitude – and that one friend who’s always ride or die. Otherwise, you might find us hiding out in a discarded cardboard box avoiding society.

Who is your least favorite fictional character ever and why?

My least favorite fictional character is Sonia from Nine Months. Don’t get me wrong – the novel is worth a read. But, come on, Sonia. You find out you’re pregnant with child three and take that as an opportunity to go on a road trip halfway across the country for the better part of your pregnancy, leaving your husband and kids behind with no word or warning? Girl, I need you to get it together. That’s a really bad time to have an identity crisis, especially after you spent the better half of the book criticizing other mothers and women who opted out of motherhood.

Follow Emery on Twitter @emery_duffey.

KELSEY ASHER: Marketing Assistant

Recently I graduated with a Mass Communications Bachelor’s degree from University of West Georgia (UWG. I’m hoping to bring a unique perspective to the business world, as well as the creative sector.

What fictional world would you love to live in and why?

My answer is a bit complicated because it is only partially fictional but I would love to experience what it would be like to be Scarlet O’Hara for a day, the mistress of the mythic Tara. “Gone with the Wind” to me is the quintessential Georgia novel, showing our complex but proud Dixie history. I certainly don’t condone everything that Southern Plantation life represents, or the cruelties it encouraged, but I believe the only way to understand history is to acknowledge it. On a lighter note, what women doesn’t want to imagine themselves at the beloved Belle of the ball in a emerald green dress?

Who is your favorite fictional character ever and why?

Not to be redundant, but I have always really admired Scarlett O’Hara. Wonderfully flawed and selfish, yet she represents an early image of a feminist icon before feminism was an accepted paradigm. I have to wonder how the story would have went if Scarlett wasn’t pretty. She’s super witty and smart, with good intentions deep down. I think most people can identify with this southern symbol in one way or another. I visited the Gone with the Wind museum in Marietta, with all kinds of memorabilia relating to the movie and the novel. I highly recommend it, as it gives insight into the epic tale and the phenomenal writer gone from us too soon.

Who is your least favorite fictional character ever and why?

That’s a tough call. I believe even villains serve their purpose. After all, every villain assumes they are the hero of their own story. However, what comes to mind for me is Annie Wilkes from the film Misery. I have a low tolerance for horror, so I have yet to read the book. Essentially, she is a fanatic who loves a writer’s book too much but loathes the ending, chases him down and tortures him to force the poor man to write an ending she approves of. The actress who plays Annie, Kathy Bates, does an excellent job of portraying an unhinged haggard woman bending innocents to her will. As a writer and a journalist fiercely protective of the Freedom of Speech, the idea that the words I put out into the world would enrage someone so much that they would chain me to a wooden chair enrages and terrifies me.

Read samples of Kelsey’s writing at Kelsey’s Creative Cove.

APRIL FORD: Associate Publisher

April served as a Guest Editor for the 2017 Pushcart Prize anthology, after her story “Project Fumarase” won a 2016 Pushcart Prize. In 2013, author David Morrell selected her manuscript of stories, The Poor Children, to receive Grand Prize for the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program for Fiction. The debut collection was released worldwide by SFWP in 2015. April has spent time at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts as a Robert Johnson Fellow, and at Ucross Foundation as a Writer in Residence. Her debut novel, Carousel, is forthcoming in 2019 with Inanna Publications.

Follow April on Twitter @authorbynature.

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