The authors we select to publish share personal accounts of their lives—offering therapeutic perspectives on learning and healing. The projects always derive from human experience and often address contemporary issues in society. We are not a medium-specific publisher. Instead, we support authors from a diverse range of approaches, backgrounds, and training. Candor Arts holds a yearly review with a committee made up of trusted community partners, collaborators, and staff members.
INTERESTED IN PUBLISHING WITH US?
Applications are free.
Committee Review Meetings are scheduled yearly. Six winners to be announced on February 1st.
Our deadline is the third Thursday in January (with rolling submissions throughout the year).
All proposals must be related to or derived from first-hand, lived experience of the artist, offering therapeutic perspectives on learning and healing.
All publishing designs are led by Candor Arts in conversation with the Artist.
Candor Arts will be providing a grant to all winners; co-funding their work for publishing by 50%.
Each Artist is granted $10,000 for their production costs Candor Arts.
For each Artist an edition of up to 200 books will be created.
Only individuals can apply.
Previous Publishing Grant Winners
UNDER THE KNIFE
Part memoir, part treatise, part collage and experiment, Krista Franklin’s Under the Knife is an excavation; a dig at the sites of the construction and demolition of the poet/artist’s selves.
Franklin plays fast and loose with fact at the crossroads of the history of her maternal line and her own in a ruptured conversation about inheritance and the generational traumas that blossom in the body. Under the Knife hiccups, cross-fades and stops midsentence as Franklin cuts through the illusion of memory, the pathologies of history, and the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.
Twenty-sixth of september street
In 2006, Chicago based artist Vidvuds Zviedris lived in Yemen for the year. Wracked by civil war since 2014, the country and its capital, Sana'a have changed drastically since Zviedris was there, though even then, it wasn’t exactly what a Westerner would think of as a tourist destination. But, during this relative peacetime in the country, Zviedris found what he was looking for, artistically, in the capital city, and eventually, beyond: language, culture and faces that were all new to him, and a physical landscape abounding with formal inspiration.
Artist & Art Critic, 2018
Ka-Man Tse's image-making begins from that tension between longing and belonging, place and placelessness. narrow distances asks questions of home, identity, community, and subject-hood. What does it mean to look, who has the right to look, what does it mean to be seen? These photographs address a desire to negotiate multiple and diasporic identities and are made within the intersection of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and LGBTQ communities, and made through a queer lens. The photographs aim to establish a sense of possibility in the context of a contingent, post-colonial, pre-2047 Hong Kong in constant flux and transition.
I SAW THE SUN
I Saw the Sun is an invitation to explore a sure-footedness that is paradoxically rooted in the recognition of the precariousness of life. It looks to distill empathy, awe, urgency and gratitude from the wild desires, fears, and limited time we share together. This book and album are meant to perform publicly a private confrontation and catharsis of fear, sometimes powerfully, sometimes on its hands and knees—in hope of seeing seductive mystery in the unknown, and to turn fear into a tool.
falling is the one thing i
KORDE ARRINGTON TUTTLE
Placing haiku and photography in conversation with one another, falling is the one thing i is a cumulative, seventeen-syllable exercise in surrender; an active practice of yielding to physical, emotional, and psychological environments. Spanning 2015-2017, it is comprised of poems and images, ranging in subject from the follies of institutional oppression to love in the afterlife, through a black, queer intersectional lens. This collection is an intimate inquiry into the body, dreamscapes, and the aesthetic force of sidewalk stains.
Anthology 2014-2016 is a collection of thirty-four poems written by Tony Lewis between 2014 and 2016, and was produced on the occasion of an exhibition Anthology 2014-2016, a corresponding group of thirty-four collages at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. in the Spring of 2018. It also marks the conceptual completion of the collages that are themselves a collection of smaller text drawings culled from the pages of Calvin and Hobbes, a comic strip by Bill Watterson. Each collage was part of the writing process, and represents a tangible commitment to the words that make each poem. The publication is the liberation of original writing, and a personal commitment to understanding the relationship between drawing, collage, and writing.
in the company of black
CECIL MCDONALD, JR.
In the Company of Black is a book of photographs by multi-disciplinary artist Cecil McDonald Jr. For the past seven years, McDonald has developed a body of work focused on what he describes as “extraordinarily ordinary” people: educators, artists, administrators, business owners, teachers, and students. “I’m bringing together images of Black people who represent everyday folks.” McDonald’s In the Company of Black addresses and responds to the vast inaccuracies of Black humanity depicted within American society.
This book was shortlisted for the Aperture-ParisPhoto Photobook Awards in 2017 and traveled internationally on exhibition throughout the year. The work was also exhibited as a solo exhibition at the Illinois State University Galleries in Fall of 2018, which will travel to the Cultural Center in Chicago for an exhibit in early 2019.
MICHELLE DIZON AND VIỆT LÊ
Artist and filmmaker Michelle Dizon works with an archive of National Geographic magazines to explore the mechanics of the "white gaze." Through a process of poetic subtraction, Dizon works with only the language on the original page to write a decolonial counterpoint to a way of imaging the world centered on the West. Lê's text performs a dual work, both contextualizing Dizon's images in the history of empire and unleashing a rhythmic play with language, both visually and aurally, to cut to the core of how meaning is produced. His text speaks to absence as much as presence with a story of war and empire told in fragments, phrases, words hanging on the page—an index of both the trauma and resistance experienced by those subjected to the violence of empire.
GROWING CONCERNS POETRY COLLECTIVE
Growing Concerns Poetry Collective's Five Fifths features new poetry by the group's poets McKenzie Chinn and Mykele Deville, including the collected text from the collective's inaugural album WE HERE: Thank Your For Noticing. In this tandem collection of deeply personal work, Chinn and Deville interrogate the nature of selfhood, blackness, community, love, ritual, and vulnerability while celebrating perseverance and survival in the face of generational and systemic marginalization.
MA(S)KING HER: BLACK FEMINIST FUTURES
HONEY POT PERFORMANCE
Ma(s)king Her: Black Feminist Futures is an artist book inspired by the 2016 Ma(s)king Her performance, a dance theater work addressing the absence of women of color in speculative fiction as empowered future beings and journey women. Aligned with AfroSurrealism and black feminist thought, this modern folktale emphasizing the urgency of creating alternative worlds and economies of value and need, particularly for women of color in a world that often subjugates their collective presence to silence and/or invisibility.
GREEN ZONES: Moments of Wonder in the Forests of Nosara is a community co-created project and artist book, which aims to share and protect the unique tropical dry forests of Nosara, Costa Rica. To encourage more people to intimately experience these special forests, as a way to create understanding and care, Kendler and her collaborators organized a series of free walks led by mindfulness professionals and conservation biologists. During these walks, community members were asked to make a photograph—using their camera to re-sensitize rather than dull their vision.
A LICK AND A PROMISE
SARA J. WINSTON
A Lick and a Promise is a visual journal of Sara J. Winston’s interactions with her parents and her partner in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Each manages a chronic physical condition believed to be caused by a mix of genetic and environmental factors. Winston’s photographs explore struggles in wellness and debility as each maneuvers their respective invisible illness—invisible illness meaning conditions that significantly impair normal activities of daily living yet show no obvious outward signs of sickness.
AMERICA: A HYMNAL
America: A Hymnal is made up of 100 versions of My Country ‘Tis of Thee from the 18th-20th c. While the differing lyrics remain legible, the hymnal’s unifying tune has been burned and etched away. Bound and executed in the likeness of a shape note hymnal, in its many lyrical variations, America: A Hymnal is a chronological retelling of American history, politics and culture through one song.
This book debuted at EXPO Chicago with PATRON Gallery in 2017. The book has been written about in ArtForum, Frieze Magazine, Miami New Times, and University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Special Collections Library.
I USED TO BELIEVE THAT I COULD BE THE NEXT LARRY BIRD
DAVID ROBERT ELLIOTT
We all have the ability to challenge who we are, who we are now, and who we are capable of becoming. How far are we willing to push ourselves to realize our perceived potential? How do our failures define us? How much of our perceived worth is determined by our performance? How many times are we willing to lose before we give up?
WIND THROUGH QUIET TENSIONS
The book consists of two parts. Part One: Thicket is a memoir focused on the last 12 years of Adam Grossi's life, his journey through mental illness, psychotherapy, and therapeutic applications of yoga and ayurveda. Part Two: Garden is a collection of working theories: musings on what it meant for Adam to be sick and how he has been able to heal.
HOW TO MAKE A HOOD
LA KEISHA LEEK
This is an extensive catalogue for the exhibition How to Make A Hood, curated by La Keisha Leek. The book includes artwork, conversations, and essays around the focus of the exhibition.
How to Make A Hood unfolds a wide canon of stereotypes that foster misconceptions as they relate to black bodies and their environments. The artists in this exhibition produce works that explore the multi-faceted characteristics of the word ‘hood’ in some fashion: a slang term for a black neighborhood; a suffix in cultural theory concepts like 'objecthood,' 'personhood,' 'negrohood;' and Trayvon Martin's hoodie, which, along with his being an objectified young black male, served as a signifier in an act of radical injustice.
Comprised of Poems from 2011-2014, Moonwork carries us on a journey of personal growth through the spectrum of love and its all-consuming qualities of comfort and concern, vulnerable states of bliss and pain, and the powerful transformation that takes place when love is embraced most deeply. Moonwork is a book about cycles.A deeply personal collection about the state of being interconnected with another human being; the poems in this book, written in real-time, are portraits of a poet rising and falling in love.
de, which is Spanish for “of” or “from” is an ongoing body of photographic work that explores my family’s identity in the United States as it grows into a second generation of citizens. Predominantly settled in the Midwest, my family has grown to over 100 individuals, many of whom I have yet to meet, spanning a diverse socioeconomic spectrum with varying degrees of assimilation. In 2009, inspired by the myriad of oral histories, I began to document the members of my family and re-imagine narratives of transition as a way to better understand the social implications of our Mexican-American identity. Veiled in new traditions and sometimes accompanied by thick accents, my family’s brief history in the United States has allowed for me to witness a cultural shift that I believe is unique to the rural Midwestern Mexican immigrant experience.
BYE BYE BROADWAY
Bye Bye Broadway is a book of poetic reflections on David's personal experience of living in and running an exhibition space in downtown Los Angeles and the impact it has had on his perception of and relationship with gentrification.