In honor of Malala Day this year, FutureCycle Press is making the Kindle edition of Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai one of its Free Kindle Saturday titles in July and is giving away a paperback copy on Goodreads. As well as on all Saturdays in July, the Kindle edition will also be available on July 13 and 14 as part of the Malala Day celebration. Press Director Diane Kistner hopes this will inspire others to donate to the fund or buy a copy or two of the book to gift their local library or friends. On the press home page (http://www.futurecycle.org) is an entry widget to win the paperback copy, and the free Kindle edition is easily accessed by clicking on the Catalog/Kindle Editions tab.
Since the age of 11, Malala Yousafzai has been an outspoken advocate for the right of girls in her Swat Valley region of Pakistan to attend school. Since the 2012 shooting, intended by the Taliban to silence her, Malala has emerged as a powerful leader and voice for girls and women worldwide. On her sixteenth birthday, this past July 12—declared Malala Day by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon—Malala addressed the United Nations to call for the support of all governments to help girls and women flourish. One of her statements has become a rallying cry, bringing hope to all: “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”
Malala was the odds-on favorite to receive the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. (The prize was instead awarded to the international chemical weapons watchdog OPCW, which is helping eliminate Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.) Malala has received more prestigious awards than can be counted on two hands; a few from just last year are a Clinton Global Citizen Award (Clinton Foundation), Harvard Foundation’s Peter Gomes Humanitarian Award (Harvard University), and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought (European Parliament). In 2012, she was runner-up for Time's Person of the Year and was included on the magazine's list, 100 Most Influential People.in the World.
In trying to silence Malala, the Taliban managed to ensure she will have a global microphone and the voices and dollars of millions advocating for the empowerment of women in Pakistan and other developing regions of the world.
Those poets who contributed work to the Malala anthology—some real heavyweights among them—believe in the power of words to make a difference. “With the Good Works projects, I wanted to provide a way for poets and writers to lend their voices but also help contribute monetarily to causes they care about,” says Diane Kistner, Director of FutureCycle Press and the mastermind behind the projects. “With an issue-oriented anthology like Malala, they have a place to submit their work for publication, but they also know that we are dedicating all profits from sales to a related worthy cause.”
The press’s next Good Works project, Kistner notes, is Homeland: Writings About Homelessness. As with Malala for education, FutureCycle Press will donate all proceeds from Homeland to help alleviate homelessness. Other Good Works projects now open to submissions are Metamorphosis:
The PDF for Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai is now available for download. The paperback and Kindle editions can be found on the Catalog tab and worldwide on Amazon.com. Those who purchase a paperback copy can get the Kindle edition for 99 cents through Amazon's new Matchbook program, and the book can also be borrowed or lent. "However they choose to get a copy, I hope everyone will read this book," Kistner says. "It's such a beautiful and moving outpouring of love for Malala, and the whole is even greater than its parts."