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After Literati, a Homage to Mike Kelley

Keith Taylor at Literati, May 2015

Keith Taylor gave a wonderful introduction to his new poetry chapbook, Fidelities, a chronology at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor last Friday. We were particularly taken with his backgrounder to his poem “John Glenn High School, Westland, Michigan” and so we asked if he could write up a version for us to publish, and here it is …


Homage to Mike Kelley

I came late to the work of Mike Kelley, not getting to know it until after his death. That seems a particular lapse because I’ve chosen to live in south-eastern Michigan for the last 35 years, and I have tried to keep my antennae out there in the artistic world. Even though Mike Kelley and I didn’t quite overlap in Ann Arbor, Read More »

Fidelities, Ann Arbor Observer, Literati

Just in time for the launch of Keith Taylor’s new poetry chapbook, Fidelities, a chronicle at Literati Bookstore this Friday, May 1st 7pm, there is a review in the May issue of the Ann Arbor Observer.

Ready for launch!

Copies of Keith Taylor’s new book Fidelities, a chronology are back from the printer already and look great – and in good time for the launch event at Literati Bookstore here in Ann Arbor on Friday May 1st, 2015.

New cover image for new chapbook

We are very excited that Takeshi Takahara has agreed for us to use elements of his triptych Earthbound III for the cover of Keith Taylor’s new chapbook Fidelities, a chronology and perhaps some internal illustrations.

Triptych by Takeshi Takahara

Fidelities, new poetry chapbook from Keith Taylor

We are pleased to announce that work has started to publish a new poetry chapbook by Keith Taylor. The title is Fidelities, a chronology. We are looking forward to working with Keith and bringing together the collection of poems and appropriate design and illustration.

Wow, A Daybreak Handbook

Front cover of A Daybreak HandbookYes, we got stock from the printer today of Jerry Dennis’s new book of poetry and prose. We are mighty impressed and we think you will be too. A big thank you to Gail Dennis and Glenn Wolff for the cover, and Glenn for the illustrations, as well as Jean Bartlett for design inspiration. Details here.

Pilgrim arrives

Front cover of PilgrimHolly Wren Spaulding’s new chapbook is back from the printer and looks great. She will have it available for a reading in Amherst, Massachusetts in late October and at future events. It is available directly from us, Amazon, and (soon) Barnes & Noble. We are looking for a bookstore in Ann Arbor to stock it for Holly’s many friends and colleagues in this area.

Jerry Dennis writes poetry

We are very pleased to announce that Jerry Dennis, acclaimed environmental and Michigan author, is publishing a book of prose and poetry with Alice Greene. Editor Elizabeth Schmuhl has been working with us on this project and we’re hoping it will be available in November.

Working on Holly Wren Spaulding’s Pilgrim

For me, beyond selecting work, the thoughtful ordering of poems in a chapbook is essential. I was asked about this early on in the first book, Dog Heart, and I found it hard to explain, other than to say, I want to create a whole from the poems, giving the reader a sense of completion and satisfaction. Sometimes there is a chronological or episodic sense in the work, other times it’s more thematic, and sometimes it’s a rhythmic sense that can evolve with poem placement. With Pilgrim, founded in memory and sense, I think there is something else, too: mirroring the delicate writing with soft juxtapositions.

Music Over the Water by John Repp

Front Cover of Music Over the WaterThe design of this chapbook was again a collaborative effort of illustrator and book designer, and its cover image is from a painting, “Blue-green Lake” by our beloved Martha Rock Keller. I asked Melanie Boyle to explore pen and ink wash illustrations loosely evocative of the water imagery so prevalent in this collection. Jean Buescher Bartlett brought her sense of design to the chapbook and the result has been astonishing. Time to complete your John Repp collection-Music Over the Water is now available!