Essential Dreams Press

Press Release

28 May 2022

Charity Anthology Dreams for a Broken World to Benefit Rosenberg Fund for Children

Essential Dreams Press is proud to announce the second book in the Dreams series.

Dreams for a Broken World Press Release–PDF Version

Illustration by Andy Kehoe

NORTHAMPTON, MA—What does it mean to live in a fragmented and uncertain world? How do we find a better way forward? The anthology Dreams for a Broken World draws from both genre and literary traditions. Included here are original stories and reprints. The mix of genres, from literary to fantastical, from dark to playful, from speculative to activist, offers perspectives that are varied, imaginative, thoughtful, and provocative. The 24 contributors include such award-winning authors as Ava Homa, Aimee Liu, Usman T. Malik, Nisi Shawl, and Sheree Renée Thomas.

Patron saints and luchadores. Trickster gods. Freedom fighters. Infections of fire. Gated communities and glass castles. Hong Kong. Iran. NYC. The 1860s and the end of the world. These stories reflect the authors’ varied creative interests along with their multitudinous backgrounds and experiences.

“This anthology offers seriously admirable work. Highly recommended.”
–Arley Sorg, Lightspeed Magazine

“24 impressive stories of healing and rebuilding…These hopeful stories offer something for any speculative fiction reader.” Publishers Weekly

“Dreaming beyond our broken world can be as much about bearing witness and providing small moments of grace as it is about actual communal overcoming. Dreams for a Broken World does both,” says publisher and series editor Julie C. Day. Day created the grassroots effort of Essential Dreams Press in 2019 as a platform for collaborative artistic work and social justice advocacy. “Systemic racism, systemic anything, doesn’t just go away. It requires people to move beyond cultural and institutional barriers and find each other. It requires people to take actual steps.”

Dreams for a Broken World is the second anthology in the Dreams series. One hundred percent of proceeds are dedicated to the Rosenberg Fund for Children, a nonprofit public foundation that aids children in the U.S. whose parents are targeted, progressive activists. The foundation is named for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Guest editor Ellen Meeropol is a founding board member of the Rosenberg Fund for Children (RFC). The organization was founded by Ellen’s husband Robert (Robby) Meeropol, who was orphaned at age six when his parents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were executed at the height of the McCarthy Era.

Essential Dreams Press

Essential Dreams Press is a nonprofit, genre-leaning press with a passion for social justice and a belief that the actions of a few can have a far-reaching impact for good. One of the powers of fiction is that it forces us to experience truth rather than analyzing it from a safe distance. Amplifying voices. Bringing disparate people together. Providing a creative lens that breaks down walls and obliterates assumptions. That is our focus.

Essential Dreams Press started in 2019 as an independent publishing project run by a small group of writers and a large group of friends under the leadership of publisher and editor in chief Julie C. Day. It operates under the umbrella of Reckoning Press, which publishes an annual journal of creative writing on environmental justice.



Additional Information

Editors: Julie C. Day (Series Editor), Ellen Meeropol (Guest Editor)

Cover Artist: Andy Kehoe

Authors: Andrew Altschul, Joy Baglio, Breena Clarke, Zig Zag Claybourne, Tina Egnoski, Cai Emmons, JoeAnn Hart, Ava Homa, Innocent Chizarama Ilo, Céline Keating, Aimee Liu, Jan Maher, Usman T. Malik, Benjamin Parzybok, Charles Payseur, Robert V.S. Redick, Veronica Schanoes, Nisi Shawl, Vandana Singh, Lisa C. Taylor, Sheree Renée Thomas, Marie Vibbert, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Cynthia Robinson Young

Release date: November 1, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-9553600-5-0


Paperback: ‎ 304 pages, US trade paper, perfect bound

Price: $20 USD

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