Nancy Chen Long interviews Robert Walicki regarding his newest chapbook, The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (NightBallet Press). The interview can be found here.
2015 was a very busy year for our editors and designers. We released 29 chapbooks and ended the year with another 8 in the works.
We also received over 250 possibilities and our editors read and considered them, selecting another 26 manuscripts to publish in 2016. Forthcoming titles include:
The Dancing House by Janet McCann
The Thumbelina Poems by Merie Kirby
Trees in Our Dooryards by Sonja Johanson
Catalpa by Jamie Buehner with illustrations by Susan Solomon
The Liturgy of Smell by Kennedy Gisege
A Little Book of Abundance: an anthology of poetry edited by Margaret Hasse
With Our Lungs in Our Hands by Bethany Lee
Because I Can See Needing a Knife by Noah Stetzer
Coyotes I Couldn’t See by Brian Beatty
The Deliberate Speed of Ghosts by Maggie Rosen
Gathered Bones are Known to Wander by Amy Friedman
The Landscape of the Body by Nancy Shih-Knodel
The Rough Edge of Joy by Francine Tolf
The Divorce Suite by Jose Araguz
Elements and Briars by Kindra McDonald
It’s All Tangled in the Sweat on My Neck by James Croteau
An Alphabet for Aging: 26 Cinquains by Joan Johnson
Yes I Know You Can’t Drive Across the World by Daniel Pereyra
Rosehill by Donald Gecewicz
The Lawless River by Shaun Turner
The Lovesong of Smith Oliver Smith by Martin Barkley
A Guide to Strange Places by Kelly Magee
Where There is Ruin by Samuel Snoek-Brown
Wave a Chicken Over Your Head by Alison Morse
Field Trips with Exceptional People by Andrew Bode-Lang
Breakneck Cove by David Oppegaard
A Sleep and a Forgetting by Matthew Mareck
Looking to the Sky by Natalie Cunningham
The House of Nails: Notes on a New Delhi Childhood by Sayantani Dasgupta
Histories I do(not) Belong To by Gwendolyn Edward
How to Live: An Introduction by Scott Parker
A Thousand Sunsets by Paul VanDyke
Where in the World is Red Bird by Alice Oleson
Phenomenology of Superhero by Jason Magabo Perez
One of the beautiful things that keeps me so energized about the work we at Red Bird do is the fact that our authors care deeply for one another's work. Day after day as I read manuscripts, receive queries, and see what our authors are up to online I feel a deep sense of community and I am ever grateful for that.
This morning, during my morning mental stroll through Facebook I stumbled across a post by Donna Vorreyer about a recently published collection: Kathleen Kirk's "The ABCs of Women's Work." And again in my email this morning a link to the post. One author engaging with and sharing the work of another. True community.
You can check out Donna's post here. And her chapbooks, "The Imagined Life of the Pioneer Wife" and "Encantado" are available in our Offerings, as is Kathleen's collection. Two of Red Bird's many talented authors, connecting with one another, their collections ready to connect with you.
Please join us at SubText: A Bookstore on Thursday, January 28, 2016 as they host four local Red Bird authors reading from their chapbooks. The reading will begin at 7:00 pm with book signing to follow.
6 W 5th Street
Saint Paul MN 55102
Geraldine Buchanan's "Draw Your Horizon Line Low" is a collection of poems that resonate and reverberate with every reading. There are tigers and lovers and friends and the irony of a life fully lived. Most of all there is truth observed with "no filters".
Paula Cisewski's "Misplaced Sinister" is a collection of lyric prose that explores (among other things) family, relationships, handedness, language, history, and mythology. Paula's poetic sensibilities amplify the narrative - her syntax, phrasing and image choices deftly working together.
James C Henderson's "Chasing Delight" is a reminder that each day, year, decade, life is made up of small, individual moments. These moments, these little interactions, have incredible power if we see them for the wonders they are. If we consider how each builds and adds to the sum of our whole, our happiness, our contentment, our lives. James writes of the moments of his life vividly, compassionately, and also with a wry sense of humor that reminds us not to take ourselves or our lives too seriously.
Eric Hove's "Strange Friend" is a chapbook that makes you want to savor, the language precise, the tone contemplative without being preachy. Sort of like enjoying a fine wine, a little tart, a little sweet, a little aftertaste and a lingering feeling of warmth.
I was recently interviewed by Karen Schubert for the Best American Poetry blog's Meet the Press feature. We had a wonderful conversation regarding a couple of Red Bird's offerings, our press and our process. Click here for details.
Red Bird author Ron Arias was recently featured in a video regarding his work with clay. Between working with Ron as editor on his collection My Life as a Pencil, enjoying my coffee from one of his clay mugs, and regularly looking up at another mug he made (adorned with our wonderful red bird) which sits on my writing desk, I can attest to his skill in both art forms. Check out the video here.
The Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop brings literature to our state's correctional facilities by providing courses and establishing mentorships. Their courses include fiction writing, essay writing, poetry, spoken word, oral story telling, children’s literature, fantasy writing, and more. Classes vary in length and depth. Some workshops are 12 weeks long and others meet for one day. MPWW students are a diverse group of writers ranging from beginners who are writing for the first time to experienced writers who are already publishing. Red Bird has partnered with the MPWW to provide chapbooks and printing services for these classes and we feel this organization serves a very important role in our community.
MPWW has recently been awarded a grant to bring visiting writers to the prisons and they need to raise $10,000 in matching funds by November 12, 2015 in order to take full advantage of the grant. More information on the grant and related initiative can be found here.
Interested in learning more... The Beyond Bars: Voices of Incarceration reading will be Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Hamline University campus in Saint Paul.