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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 of 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.

Watershed: Hooked

Cameron Scott’s Watershed is our third accepted submission of winter 2018/2019. It takes us into very new territory: the world of fly-fishing in the West. Cameron’s world is exuberant, ironic, and funny and I found myself turning to the Watershed manuscript often during the frigid and unrelenting Michigan winter. How comforting to imagine sun and wild streams. This new chapbook is planned for publication late 2019.

Welcome Helen Gotlib

I am very pleased to be working with local artist Helen Gotlib. Book designer Jean Buescher Bartlett had encouraged my to check out her work in our local WSG artists’ cooperative, and I was captivated by her beautiful prints and their themes so well suited to books in progress. Helen is an innovative printmaker, working with both woodblock sourced from trees on nearby land and often using intaglio as another layer of imagery for drawn detail. Her work is also inspired by her direct observation of nature surrounding her and in farther reaches of Michigan. Her fresh imagery encourages us to perhaps revisit what we think we know of the natural world.

Roanoke Review interview with Julia Caroline Knowlton

Read Julia’s interview with the Roanoke Review