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Alice Greene welcomes a new author

We are indeed pleased to announce that a new poet has come to us with her first chapbook. Julia Caroline Knowton is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, with strong family ties to Michigan. While she has taught for many years as Professor of French at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA, she is now preparing to receive her MFA in Poetry from Antioch University, Los Angeles, CA. She spends as much time as possible in Paris, as we can expect to see in her poetry. Watch this space for more information!

Keith Taylor UofM exit interview

Keith Taylor is retiring from the University of Michigan where he coordinated their Creative Writing program and mentored many emerging writers and poets.

Last week, Ann Arbor’s Literati Bookstore commemorated the event with Keith reading from his many works and Cody Walker leading an interesting question and answer session starting with an “exit” interview.

Happily, Keith is not retiring from either bird-watching or writing poetry. He might even have more time now to devote to his many interests.

New book from Keith Taylor

We are very pleased to announce that work has begun on a new poetry chapbook from Keith Taylor. The working title is Ecstatic Destinations and Keith has already delivered the manuscript. Watch this space for more information!

If August is here

If August is here! We have received the books from the printer and we are so pleased to see our vision realized! We’ll be updating the events page soon with details of when and where Holly Wren Spaulding will be giving readings.

If August off to the printer

Everything is finished and we have sent the files and a cover color reference for If August off to the printer. We’re looking forward to seeing a proof and heading to press.

Putting together the cover for If August

Graphic designer Gail Dennis has been working on ideas using Richard Kooyman’s painting for the cover of If August. She has created a design that echoes the tenor and mystery of the poem, and we are enthusiastic and grateful for her sensitivity and skill with fonts and color.

For the back cover of If August

We are honored that A. Van Jordan has provided a lovely commentary for the back cover. He is the Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor in the
Department of English/MFA Program for Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark.

For the front cover of If August

For the cover design, the author suggested the paintings of Richard Kooyman, an artist from Northern Michigan. Richard was interested in our project and permitted us to use his works for the front cover and interior of If August. A small painting, “Fall,” was selected for the front cover, and two other paintings were converted to black and white images for the interior.

Editing If August

The form of this new work from Holly Wren Spaulding, with its sparse stanzas on individual pages and deft narrative, created for me, as a reader, compelling rhythm with ever changing meter. My goal as an editor and designer became trying to capture the pacing of the text with the book’s layout.

A new book from Holly Wren Spaulding

Last month I was visiting friends in the Hudson Valley and took the opportunity to meet with author Holly Wren Spaulding. She surprised me by producing an envelope with a new manuscript and asking if I would read it, which I did later that day. I was immediately drawn to this entrancing and original work and was thrilled when my offer to publish If August was accepted.