Meritage Press is willing to publish an anthology whose net proceeds will go to relief organization(s) servicing the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda). Its working title (I just thought of this idea today so will work more on title; feel free to give input) is POEMS IN THE TIME OF YOLANDA. Deadline: Nov. 23, 2013 (Yes, that’s quick turn-around, but help is needed quickly!)

Submission: Send 1-3 poems. Send poems that, in your view, relate to Yolanda — whether it’s something you felt compelled to write as a result of the disaster or coverage thereof, or of issues related to Yolanda such as climate change, or of lessons that can be gleaned, or of hopes for improving the ways to survive or respond to such disasters in the future, or your “Beloved Philippines or Filipino” poems … and so on. Poems need not be new as long as you feel they are relevant in some way to Yolanda and her lessons and other aftermaths. Email poems and/or queries to MeritagePress@aol.com FUNDRAISING: All net proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Yolanda relief organization(s). I haven’t had the chance to research this yet but anything raised by Meritage Press likely will be given to the Philippine Red Cross. As Filipinos gather to fundraise, please note that one can also order books to sell at your events (Meritage Press will work to give your fundraising organization the books at cost, and then your book sale “profits” can be donated to the relief organizations you support).

Poets, since your poems will be “donated,” no comp copies will be given though you can acquire one copy at a discounted price. We’re obviously trying to maximize sales proceeds to donate for Yolanda’s victims. Maraming Salamat.