Since Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence was published in 2017 (Beacon Press), the effort has continued to share poems, essays, music, videos, fiction, and other work on the BulletsintoBells.com website. The editors are now committed to publishing one new piece about the scourge of gun violence every week going forward, starting with “Black Marker” by Claire Hsu Accomado and “On Facts, the ABCs, and Lands of the Lost” by Jen Schneider. The publication is open to submissions.
Bullets into Bells anthology was a powerful call to end American gun violence from celebrated poets and those most impacted. Focused intensively on the crisis of gun violence in America, the volume brought together works by poets like Billy Collins, Patricia Smith, Natalie Diaz, Ocean Vuong, Danez Smith, Brenda Hillman, Natasha Threthewey, Robert Hass, Naomi Shihab Nye, Juan Felipe Herrera, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, and Yusef Komunyakaa.
Each poem in the collection is followed by a response from a gun violence prevention activist, political figure, survivor, or concerned individual, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams; Senator Christopher Murphy; Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts; survivors of the Columbine, Sandy Hook, Charleston Emmanuel AME, and Virginia Tech shootings; and Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir, and Lucy McBath, mother of Jordan Davis.
What the anthology began, the website continues by sharing works that speak directly to the heart, providing a continuously persuasive and moving testament to the urgent need for gun control.