This page is dedicated to the publication and distribution of works of literature written and published by Eddie S. Pierce Jr.
Eddie S. Pierce is a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree recipient from Chicago State University, home of the world renowned Gwendolyn Brooks Writing Center and host of the annual Gwendolyn Brooks Writer’s Conference. Mr. Pierce considers himself to be primarily a fiction and prose writer but was afforded the opportunity to be published in 95Notes Literary Magazine for poetry and Sage Publishing’s Encyclopedia of Identity for an article on the phenomena of “Passing.” On Saturday, November 12, 2011 Pierce released his first self-published work, Love: Something Infinite and simultaneously launched Rainbow Room Publishing. His second self-published novel, Love: From Behind, followed on Sunday June 30, 2013. Additionally he is currently producing more titles and pursuing numerous other literary and artistic ventures.
Love: Something Infinite began as a cathartic exercise for me, a young urban African American male, raised with traditional Christian values, diagnosed with clinical depression that also happens to be gay. In time, being HIV positive was added to that list. It, like most everything I have ever written without the motivation of my academic or professional careers is pretty much house cleaning for my mind, an emptying the mind of an excess of thought, and imagination. Every now and again this largely emotional, un-targeted action seemingly takes on a life of its own, developing a consciousness and the need for a function, continuously evolving to serve numerous purposes in my life and those around me. This yields an intelligent message with a variety of purposes: entertainment, inspiration, motivation and so on.
As you might imagine my life was severely conflicted, similar to many others of the same demographic. I was psychologically and emotionally unbalanced and a walking contradiction. Perhaps the most constant and sustaining elements of my life have been writing and literature. This was evident in writing the first few pages of this work which initially provided a safe place to explore my feelings, past, aspirations and my future. Since that time I understand the importance of adding my literary voice to the conversations about my immediate community as well as the global discussion on the human condition.
As previously stated, Love: Something Infinite's initial purpose was an attempt at personal release and introspection. When I decided to pursue a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing the 40 page story served as my fiction portfolio and ultimately the 120 plus page novella became my thesis. It graduated to an academic function but neither it nor mine own purpose was fulfilled. I began to think about my own pains and narrow escapes in light of two suicide attempts and a new function for the work was conceptualized. I was reminded of the countless others wrestling with similar struggles. This is a novel inspired by true events and the characters depicted within are a mixture of composites and archetypes I have been blessed to encounter. While the situations and personalities have been fictionalized it is my hope that Something Infinite still retains the true to life emotions I and many others have experienced, connecting us all on some level. This leads me to the three main objectives I intend for Rainbow Room Publishing, LLC to meet:
Objective 1 - Promoting Healing and Encouraging Discourse
Objective 2 - Long Term Investment of Resources
I have decided to devote my writing talents, newly acquired professional associations, my position as a self published author and all related resources to continue facilitating the important conversations detailed above. I was recently divinely inspired to more to the next stage, leaving the 9-5 world.
This financial backing provided through purchases and donations in the form of donations and services would allow me to complete new projects with a similar, ultimate aim of interjecting my voice to promote LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS awareness and advocacy, to connect with the emotionally and mentally compromised, to combat stereotypes and misconceptions, to project positive images and to help others define their own lives and establish their own sense of self acceptance. I have been fortunate to make numerous connections with individuals and organizations across the country with similar aims and mission statements. I have a number of tentative travel plans to attend various LGBTQ Pride events, literary and art showcases, writing and publishing conferences, and to support the initiatives of organizations promoting literacy, LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS awareness and advocacy all of which I am actively pursuing in the cities of Dallas, TX, Chicago, IL and the global community through the usage of social media and the world wide web.
Most importantly, objective number two includes effectively investing resources in a manner that will have long term benefits to my business and the public it will positively impact. The vast majority of any funding would serve as capital to continuously create new revenue streams for my business. This would include publishing more of my own literary titles as well as those of other authors and artists, making sound investments in mutual funds, stocks and bonds with the hope of generating more revenue. As a financially solvent business, Rainbow Room Publishing, LLC will serve to encourage the growth of many other small businesses and the education of many individuals within underserved populations and depressed communities.
Objective 3 - Promoting Professional and Economic Growth
While writing has been a constant in my life, the idea of pursuing it as a career has oftentimes been abandoned due to the rigorous competition we new authors face in a publishing industry which is continuously shrinking. Fortunately, I have many sources of emotional support as well as the professional mentoring and the opportunity at an educational career which all enabled me to pursue my dream. Still a number of obstacles have to be surmounted; securing agreements with retailers, media outlets and making significant working relationships with notable and affluent professionals in my field. Despite these difficulties I have been fortunate to achieve more than most who share my aspirations in a very short period of time. I have determined that my success must and will breed success for others.
I am in the process of developing an internship program based on a requirement for my own MFA in Creative Writing which would provide practical experience to the next generation of writers and publishers and offer a stipend for the participants. This would assist the students with their educational expenses as well as provide a notable experience for their resume and future employment opportunities within the profession.
There have been numerous inquiries regarding Rainbow Room Publishing, LLC producing and representing the work of other lesser known authors such as myself. Rather than see some many more talented individuals approach traditional publishing houses in vain and, possibly be deterred from producing a novel that many may need to read simply because of a lack of notoriety on the part of the new author I would hope to help them establish themselves in this rigorous and highly competitive field. A major component of this objective includes revising a long standing dream of producing a literary magazine to showcase previously unpublished literary, poetic and visual talents for the ultimate purpose of helping to acquire that first critical publishing credit, an opportunity I was granted in 2009 with 95Notes Literary Magazine. That first small accomplishment to this day continues to motivate me and I want to cultivate that drive in as many others as possible.
As stated before literacy has proven invaluable in my life. That coupled with my belief in the need for equal opportunities in education are the primary reasons I have been employed as an academic advisor with the federally funded TRiO programs for eleven years and teaching online with Rasmussen College for two and a half years. My immediate community and many similar collectives across the globe suffer due to an imbalance (intentional or otherwise) of opportunities to adequately educate oneself. There are countless individuals who seek to improve their station in life but simply don?t have the resources or proper advisement. Mentally my passion for education and love of writing and literature are inseparable and one day that marriage will manifest in the establishment of a book retail shop which would also provide services to the community. In the case of the former it would provide an initial retail opportunity for new authors and supplement educational resources for the latter.
Finally, for the purposes of the third objective Rainbow Room Publishing, LLC will to continue to employ many new small business owners similar to the editors, writers, photographers, digital artists, caterers, printers, accountants, lawyers, models, actors and cinematographers who have lent their services, products and expertise in the production of my first self-published novel, my upcoming second novel, the marketing and promotion of my works and the establishment of Rainbow Room Publishing, LLC as a thriving, legal and financial entity.
As detailed above my plans in general are extensive and the resources your purchases and investments provide would be beyond beneficial to these philanthropic, entrepreneurial and, altruistic aims. I would most desire to impress upon you my earnest intentions to be the best possible stewart of any investment (be it short term in the form of a purchase or long term in the sense of contributing in the soon to come investment opportunities) I may receive in the sense that it would be invested primarily in an organization which in turn plans to invest in the general welfare of as many individuals as Rainbow Room Publishing, LLC is able to positively impact thus maximizing the gift your contribution and perpetuating an ideal expressed by Senator and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim. "to add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding" (Guggenheim, Letter of Gift, 1925). Thank you for your interest in Rainbow Room Publishing, LLC.