We're thrilled to be unveiling the line-up for issue 2 and can't wait for you to fall in love with our contributors' eclectic work; they muse on the unknown, pinpoint moments of heartbreak, examine the fluidity of bodies and so much more.
Thank you to all the creators who submitted something, it was a delight to comb through so many gems from creators who want to be a part of Ergi Press! Due to the nature of the zine, we can only accept a number of submissions so if you weren't successful this time we warmly encourage you to submit again in the future.
Now without further ado, here are our issue 2 contributors:
Adaeze Onwuelo with young love and you give me joy
Chidi Iheanacho with Midnight Race
Clem Flowers with Devil's intervals between waltz and oblivion
David Schweizer with Listening
Emma Woolerton with Orion
John Pendred with two pieces of grafitti inspired art, Grafitti woman and Grafitti screaming face
Julian Heidelberg with James Dean
Kara Dunford with During Pride Month, the fireflies in the field catch my attention
Paul Whelan with Mine
Peter Mitchell with Woody Point and Men Loving Men
Rat King with two pieces of digital artwork, Eye Boba and Rat Skull
Siobhan Dunlop with I heard poetry should study the body
To follow them on their creative journeys, you can find them tagged on our social media. Submissions received in the coming months will be considered for issue 3, so if you have work you want out in the world this is your chance!
You are cordially invited to an evening of publishing chats and informal zine-making with LGBTQ+ publishing house, Ergi Press.
Kate (she/her) and Imogen (she/her) from Ergi Press will be talking about their experiences in setting up a publishing house and making and distributing their regular zine. The evening will be split into a talk and then an informal, guided zine-making session where everyone will be welcomed to write, draw and create a mini zine themselves. All in all, a cosy and casual evening, perfect for students new to York and those hoping to explore the York queer community.
Taking place on Monday 10 October at the York StreetLife Hub on Coney Street, this shiny new event will bring warmth into an autumnal evening and showcase the transformative potential of the zine form. We're excited to share some creative queer history and to welcome new faces into the York LGBTQ+ community.
📌 29-31 Coney Street, York
📅 Mon, 10 Oct 2022
⏰ 18:30 – 21:00 BST
🎟️ Book your tickets here.
Ergi in The Bookseller!
It was an absolute delight (and a pleasant surprise!) to have the opportunity to talk to the lovely Caroline Carpenter from The Bookseller about Ergi Press. Recently, Caroline reached out about including Ergi as part of The Bookseller's Northern Powerhouse Focus, and we were so pleased to be invoved in such a brilliant iniative to spotlight Northern talent in what is a traditionally London-centric industry.
In the article we discuss the process around setting Ergi up, our experience publishing the first issue of the zine, and our plans for the future. It was an honour to share a spot in an issue championing causes that are dear to us: regional representation, indie publishing and LGBTQ+ books in the charts.
Thanks again to Caroline and everyone at The Bookseller. We love to see Northern presses being spotlighted!
We had a gorgeous time at York Pride this weekend!
It was such a fun, inspiring and emotional day, made extra special by the fact that it was all of our first pride! We loved marching and spending the day with our friends and York's LGBTQIA+ community. Highlights included marching for trans rights, chatting to other queer creatives and seeing our community shine; families, couples and kids living their truth out and proud.
If you were at pride too, we sincerely hope that you had a fun, safe time! We will be back again next year for the celebrations, and the protest.
Ergi in YorkMix
Ergi Issue 1 Launch
We had a fantastic time at the Issue 1 launch last month; it was a night full of poetry, queer joy, and free wine!
Thank you to everyone who came along to celebrate with us, those who took to the mic to read their work and those who've cheered for us all along the way. Putting together a launch event was something completely new to us, so thank you for bearing with us whilst we learnt the ropes and found our feet. The launch party has lit a fire in our belly to host more events - next time will be bigger and better!
Finally, there are still a few print copies left of issue 1, so DM or email us if you want to grab one before it's too late. You can also purchase a digital PDF of the issue for £2, and luckily these are always avaliable.
We're eager to continue on our creative journey with Ergi, so stay tuned for new developments and future projects, including calls for submissions for further zines.
It's finally happening! We're so excited to finally reveal our full contributor list for issue one of the Ergi Zine.
Congratulations to the listed writers and thank you to each and everyone who submitted their poetry, prose and art. Making the leap to send off your work can be daunting, so we're so grateful you decided to share your work with us.
Steph Amir with Gatherings
Emily Wood with Sculpted
Dale Booton with Khal and Paper Weight
Indee Watson with Sister
Lily Monarch with The Process of Processing
Imogen Davies with Codium Fragile
Rachel Cremin with Love
Ciara Maguire with Go Fish
Declan Shields with Grey
Kate McCaughey with Fermentation
Rachael Williams with Smile and To Be Human
Charley Lane McElroy with Hot Crush Acid Oesophagus
Cover Reveal!! | Ergi Press Issue 1
Ergi Press in The Publishing Post!
Ergi editor Imogen recently had the opportunity to have a chat with the lovely people over at the Publishing Post. The feature spoke all about the origins of Ergi, some of the joys and challenges the team has experienced along the way, and our hopes for the future.
Given this was our first press feature, we were truly thrilled to spread the word about our young publishing press and chat with some fellow publishing hopefuls. Many of the Ergi team are regular readers of the Publishing Post magazine, so it was a fun experience to get involved and to see Ergi sit alongside some publishing names that have inspired us.
Big thank you to the Publishing Post for this opportunity! You can read the full interview here.