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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

Cold-Running Current: Another Gem from John Repp

Following John’s exquisite first chapbook with us, Music Over the Water, we were delighted to receive his latest manuscript, Cold-Running Current. These narrative poems, always musical, focus on the persistent mysteries of childhood, family, and the natural world. This new poetry chapbook is expected to be published before the end of 2019.

Accident: Coming this fall

We are pleased to announce that we will be publishing Caroline Maun’s latest chapbook, Accident in fall 2019. Caroline is a new author for Alice Greene & Co., and she is an established poet who teaches in the English Dept. of Wayne State University in Detroit. Maun’s epigraph, “Accident is design/ And design is accident/ In a cloud of unknowing” — from T. S. Eliot’s The Family Reunion — sets the tone for the collection and its unique recollection of accidents of human experience and beyond.

Happy 2019!

Happy New Year!

We hope that you are like us and looking forward to an exciting 2019!!

The press has a number of new poetry chapbooks, from new authors, in the pipeline for publication later this year!!!

Some of these authors have already been published elsewhere, and we are very honored that they have chosen us for their next work, giving confirmation to the high regard we hear for our efforts. Come back soon for more news…

Fabulous interview with Julia Caroline Knowlton

Read Julia’s interview with Dianne Gottlieb