Founded in 2015 by Erik Parshall and Chikodili Agwuna, Chormeri Books, LLC. is a project inspired by the drive to create. It's name is derived from the Greek term meraki, which is the part of oneself that is put into a work of art, and ichor, the golden blood of the Greek deities.
The Chormeri mission is to support aspiring writers in the world of professional publishing.
Parshall and Agwuna, along with Hannah Korangkool (Chormeri's graphic designer) worked to publish Parshall's first novel, Black Cat on a White Porch, in late 2015. It was released in November of that year, and the team was recognized for their efforts on the cover of the Howard County Times the following May.
Their next project is a book of short stories, poems, and essays featuring local writers, as well as an upcoming novel from Parshall.
Photos: (Top) The Chormeri Books Iconography | Designed by Hannah Korangkool; (Bottom) From Howard County Times Cover Shoot | Photo by Jen Rynda | Baltimore Sun Media Group.
Black Cat on a White Porch
Black Cat on a White Porch is the first novel written by Erik Parshall. It is based off of a true story told to him by his grandmother, Muriel, in which she described a time she witnessed racial prejudice when she was living in Virginia in 1966. Mr. Parshall’s novel focuses on the lives of the women in his grandmother’s memory, who are studying for their Master’s degrees in Education during the Vietnam War.
One afternoon, Muriel Porter welcomes several of her classmates to her home. There are three white women - Elaine, Jane, and Emily - and two black women - Bea and Zora. As a result of having black women in her home, an act of violence occurs outside of Muriel’s home. Mr. Parshall took this story, which Muriel had only shared with one other person before her grandson, and created the lives of the characters involved.
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