Baring the Device: Ethics in Publishing

Baring the Device: Ethics in Publishing

The Gravity of the Thing’s editors have compiled a brief list of articles that relate to ethical practices in literary publishing. Here are a few ways writers, editors, and publishers are critically analyzing literary craft and publishing processes.
Untitled Poem | Mykyta Ryzhykh

Untitled Poem | Mykyta Ryzhykh

"Buried under the grass is a home for worms and insects / The buried has no room for error..." Mykyta Ryzhykh publishes internationally in both Ukrainian and English.
Paradoxes, Borders, and Tragedies | Lillie E. Franks

Paradoxes, Borders, and Tragedies | Lillie E. Franks

"The prison warden says to the prisoner, 'You will be executed sometime during the next week. It will be on a day you do not expect.' The prisoner concludes that they cannot be executed on the last day of the week, or they would expect it..."
Prom | Sam Leuenberger

Prom | Sam Leuenberger

"the setting sun scribbles reddish equations on your back / and even though it's probably impossible to lock eyes with the divine / the littlest things do."
A Haunting | Marguerite Alley

A Haunting | Marguerite Alley

"Since the arrival of the ghosts, we have been instructed to shelter in place and feed whatever ghosts arrive on our doorstep. For our roommates who are essential workers, this means little..."
The Return of the Lunar | Gale Huxley

The Return of the Lunar | Gale Huxley

"When she pulled up the news, the emergency alert system drowned out a news anchor crying into his hands. It hadn’t been this way when the fires started, spread, and never stopped..."
Six Words | Fabiana Elisa Martínez

Six Words | Fabiana Elisa Martínez

Fabiana Elisa Martínez is a linguist who has authored the short story collections 12 Random Words and Conquered by Fog, and the grammar book Spanish 360 with Fabiana.
Daylight Savings | Alex Braslavsky

Daylight Savings | Alex Braslavsky

"...I left one hair in the sink, used her comb, forgot / to cover my spaghetti bowl with a paper towel / in the microwave, and sharpened my pencils / with the electric sharpener at two in the morning..."