Welcome to the site. I started Blind Ambition Publishing, LLC at the end of 2006. Frankly, I refused to accept the fact that no agent would take me on as a client. One even returned my query letter to me with “No Thanks” written across it in red ink.
In that moment, I realized that I was not defined by others’ opinions of my work, and letting my ideas die was not an option. Blind ambition was born. Blind Ambition Publishing’s first title was my first book. I sold it at book fairs and bookstores across the country, including The Harlem Book Fair, National Association of Black Journalists annual conference, and The Art Sanctuary Celebration of Black Arts Festival.
Years later multiple titles have been completed and more are on the way. I like to think I have grown as a writer over the years. This company is a reflection of my dreams. I went from hearing that no one would like my work to simply getting the work done. Just like the name, my ambition was blind. I hope you enjoy reading.
Ira Porter is a son of Philadelphia. He is also a proud graduate of Howard University. Ira is a journalist by trade, with bylines for multiple publications across the country, including the Detroit Free Press, Oregonian, Boston Globe and Black Issues Book Review.
After college Ira worked as a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer and then later The News Journal in New Castle, Delaware. He was a 2008 Burns Fellow, where he spent a summer working for a magazine in Berlin. He lives in Delaware with his wife and children.