The Bedouin is a highly personal account of Allouzi’s experience reconnecting with his cultural heritage in Jordan, and the racial profiling he faced upon his return to the U.S. It offers an intimate and stark portrayal of Allouzi’s internal reckoning with who was, and who he was becoming, throughout the experience.
In There Are No False Alarms, Snoek-Brown invites us to bear witness to his and his students’ experience in Winter 2018, when reports of gunfire at Highline College triggered a campus lockdown. With the same nuance and empathy he’s known for in his previous works, Snoek-Brown relays the day’s events and the emotional toll the situation took on everyone involved. The narrative brings to light deep-rooted anxieties surrounding school shootings – and their increasing occurrence in the U.S. – that many people carry with them on a daily basis.
ABOUT THE CHAPBOOK SERIES
These chapbooks are a part of the BCP chapbook series, which pairs emerging writers with a BCP author who mentors them through the publishing experience. The publishing process can feel like a daunting experience for emerging writers, as it is often a slow and tedious affair full of housekeeping obstacles to overcome (like navigating contracts, adjusting timelines, making design and marketing considerations, and working on a never-ending cycle of edits and revisions). With the BCP Chapbook Series, we aim to make that process less daunting by pairing new authors with those who’ve been through the publishing experience before while providing a platform to showcase their work.
Snoek-Brown and Allouzi worked together for over a year-and-a-half to complete their chapbooks. The chapbooks were printed locally, and are packaged in custom designed, handprinted folios created by Springtide Press – a phenomenal letterpress company owned and run by Jessica Spring in Tacoma, Washington. Only 100 printed chapbook pairs are available, although BCP will offer digital editions in the near future.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Yousef Allouzi is an author and data analyst currently living in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a BS in Economics from Oregon State University and a Master of Public Policy from the same institution. His previous writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Scintilla Magazine, openDemocracy, Atticus Review, Malarkey Books, Peculiars Magazine, Gallimaufry Press, Pidgeonholes and Blue Cactus Press. You can follow him on Twitter @j_allouzi where he discusses literature, politics, and economics.
Samuel Snoek-Brown teaches and writes in the Pacific Northwest. He’s the author of the novels There Is No Other Way to Worship Them and Hagridden, and the flash-fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin. He also works as a production editor for Jersey Devil Press, and he lives online at snoekbrown.com. His work has appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including Bartleby Snopes, Eunoia Review, Fiction Circus, Red Fez and Timberline Review. He’s the recipient of a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship and has been shortlisted in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition, twice for short fiction and once for his novella. He was also a finalist in the 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award. In 2015, he was a contributor to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. For more about Sam, his previous works and literary musings, visit his website Samuel Snoek-Brown.