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Watershed back from the Printer

Detail of Helen Gotlib c work used in WatershedWe did a quick tour of Western Michigan at peak color. There was even a brief chat about steelheads with a fisherman along the Manistee River. On the way home, we were able to pick up the boxes of Watershed fresh from the printer. We are thrilled with the finished book and are very appreciative of all involved. Now we begin the work of releasing it into the world!

We’d love to share Watershed with you!

Accident is now shipping

Glass art used in back matter of Accident

I am very pleased to announce that Accident is now available. As well as the wonderful art she provided to form the basis for the cover, we found many illustrations amongst Janet Kelman’s other glass art. Of course, the poetry is what you will want to buy this book for!

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Cover for Watershed

Here is the final cover design for Watershed

Cover of Watershed

Though I had decided on a cover image after my visit to Helen Gotlib’s, I needed the creative design work of Jean Buescher Bartlett to make the cover (and the interior) come alive. Jean specializes in creating fine art books, and in addition, she has keen sensitivity to poetry and she reads each manuscript through several times to make a good match between words and presentation. Her choices of book size and fonts were a happy new departure for us and the cover colors seem just right for the book.

Cover for Accident

Front and back cover of AccidentThis is the full (front and back) cover for Accident. It is indeed a crop I found when I visited Janet Kelman’s studio in July.

Artwork for Accident

Photo of glass art for AccidentI had a great visit today with Janet Kelman and I believe I have found the cover for Accident in this piece of glass art. It might not be visible in this photograph, but it has a crack from an “accident”. I’ll get Colin to make a more formal photograph which we’ll be able to crop for use on the cover.

Julia Knowlton wins 2018 Georgia Author the Year

Julia Knowlton has been awarded Georgia’s 2018 Author of the Year in the poetry chapbook category for The Café of Unintelligible Desire. The category judge, Nicholas Goodly, praises the collection as “… a quiet place. The poems inside move slowly, the pacing is lyrical, and their shape is spacious and full of breath. Knowlton uses the space she’s created and takes her time to deliver stirring, even overwhelming emotional work.” Congratulations Julia!

“Poetic Pictures:” Julia Knowlton reads at WSG July 31

Ann Arbor’s Washington Street Gallery will host author Julia Caroline Knowlton on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 7 p.m. She’ll read from her chapbook, The Café of Unintelligible Desire, as well as introducing new poems. Julia will talk about her inspirations for creative work and her recent trip to France to explore post-colonial French literature. WSG, 306 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor

New manuscript from Holly Wren Spaulding

We’re excited to announce Holly’s upcoming chapbook, Ghost Lexicon, to be published in 2020. Ghost Lexicon will pair poetry with prose to explore the erasure of the natural world through the disappearance of the vocabulary to describe it.

Artwork for Watershed

When I visited Helen Gotlib’s studio in late March, I was looking for artwork that would convey the subject of many of Cameron Scott’s poems: fly-fishing. I had seen Helen’s collection of large prints featuring fish on her website, and though they were all beautiful and interesting, I had to tell her that, honestly, the author was focused on one fish: steelheads. I was surprised (and happy, and amused) when she told me that her prints were created after an outing in a glass-bottom boat in the UP and that the fish that appear in her prints are, indeed, steelheads. Oh, Helen, thank you!

Photo of Helen Gotlib c Water Garden VII

Poetry Gallery

Last night, around 3 am, lightening and thunder struck very close, and I was immediately (mostly) awake. Oddly, the first thing that came into my mind was how like wandering through a museum gallery of paintings reading The Café of Unintelligible Desire feels. Each poem presents a picture for our gaze, and we try to take in the scene and conjecture about the people and relationships within.