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Let Them Be Left covered

Cover of Let Them Be Left

We are certainly off to a flying start with our gofundme campaign for Keith Taylor’s new poetry chapbook Let Them Be Left and we are very grateful to all the donors. We are also making great progress on finalizing the last details of the book, and I am happy now to be able to share the cover. It is taken from a painting by Kathleen Heideman, from her own time as an artist-in residence on Isle Royale.

gofundme Let Them Be Left

We have started a gofundme campaign to cover the print costs and more for Let Them Be Left, Keith Taylor’s new poetry chapbook from his time as an artist-in-residence on Isle Royale NP last year. Before I could post about it here, we had already met our initial goal! That is just amazing, and our heartfelt thanks to all the donors!!

All Familiars shipped to donors

We’ve been working hard the past week and more since picking the books up from the printers and compiling the last of the shipping addresses for those donors on gofundme that requested a copy of Familiars, and can now confirm that all books have been shipped. Holly will be doing a launch event at Literati and the books will go on general sale after that.

Success & cover for Familiars

Cover of Familiars by Holly Wren Spaulding

We have been stunned, delighted and grateful for the response to the gofundme campaign and that we were able to met our initial goal so promptly. We have been working to get the files ready to go to the printer and are now happy to be able to share the cover for Familiars.

gofundme Familiars

The pandemic this year has changed how poetry books are sold and bought. You can no longer go along to a reading at your local bookstore, chat with the author afterwards, buy a book and get it autographed. This has a knock-on effect on the author, and then the publisher. To address these issues, we have started a gofundme campaign for Holly Wren Spaulding’s new poetry book Familiars. The initial goal is to cover the costs of printing, but if we are fortunate enough to succeed with that, any additional funds will be used to pay the ‘& Co.’, all the collaborators, illustrators, artists, book designers, photographers etc who help to make the books extra special. For you the reader, this is a way to pre-order the book (don’t forget to let us know where you want it mailed) and gofundme copies will be shipped before it goes on sale on Amazon.

Familiars in the Undergrowth

image © Tate

Image © Tate: “Undergrowth,” 1941, Eliot Hodgkin (1905-1987) Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1943

We are very happy to confirm that the image Holly was hoping to see for the cover of Familiars has now been successfully licensed from the Tate, London. It is “Undergrowth” by the British artist Eliot Hodgkin. It conveys the depth and mystery of the natural world – just perfect for Holly’s work.

Watershed at MidCurrent

Very nice review of Cameron Scott’s poetry chapbook Watershed by Spencer Durrant on the MidCurrent website.

“You’ll read Watershed and likely think more deeply about your own place in the world – the one with fish, and the one without them.” Thank you, Spencer!

Familiars coming into view

With all of our collective challenges we have felt lucky to have unique poetry to work on and carry us through this time. Our work has resulted in a beautiful selection and sequencing of poems and a title – Familiars. There’s still a lot of work to do: book design, type-setting, illustration, and cover creation.

Accident at the Eric Hoffer Awards

I was very pleased to learn that Accident by Caroline Maun was a Finalist in the recent Eric Hoffer Book Awards for 2020. Well done Caroline!

New work from Keith Taylor and Isle Royale

We have received a new manuscript from Keith Taylor. In 2019 he was a repeat artist-in-residence on Isle Royale NP in Lake Superior. These works are an expression of his wonder and appreciation of the wilderness and the National Park Service, and his experiences on the island. We expect to publish Let Them Be Left later this year.

 
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