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Kate Lebo & Friends read “Seven Prayers to Cathy McMorris Rodgers

By | Readings, Thoughts

With much gratitude to Kate Lebo, Sam Lingon and Spokane’s hot and happening literary scene, we turned her book launch party for Seven Prayers to Cathy McMorris Rodgers in a raise-the-roof take the people to church fundraiser for Democratic challenger, Lisa Brown.

Some of the best writers in Spokane— Chelsea Martin, Sharma Shields, Laura Read, Ellen Welcker, Nance Van Winckel, and Maya Jewell Zeller— joined Kate on stage to each read one of the poems, ending with an appearance by Lisa Brown with some comments on the values of art in a democratic society— one reason the Republicans keep voting against funding for the arts!

I was amazed that the night raised $1700 from a crowd out to see poets, but that speaks to the passion people have for a real representative of the people and not the billionaires and for the demand for accountability for the corruption under the Trump administration.

We always enjoy our trips to Spokane. SO many wonderful writers! And a shout out to the Bartlett for once again hosting us. They have a GREAT venue if you’re looking for performance space in Spokane.


Third Anniversary Reading

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Three years!

We were honored to be included in Hugo House’s inaugural season and delighted that we could present readers from past, present and future ERB books!

Pardon the photos— I certainly did not stand in the best space given the lighting and stage! But given the schedule Hugo House keeps, I am sure that in time, I’ll find the best spot to stand!

Thanks to Maya Jewell Zeller, Melinda Mueller, Christine Deavel, J.W. Marshall, Deborah Woodard, Riccardo Pieri and E. Briskin for reading work published with us or new work of theirs. We also thank Rachel Kessler who was representing the Vis-à-Vis Society, whose epic 100 Rooms is sure to be a big hit in 2019. And finally, we want to give a shout to Aileen Keown Vaux, who’s recently published Consolation Prize (Scablands Books) is one of my favorite books of 2018. So many of the other Washington small presses have been gracious with their knowledge, that it felt important to give a shout back!

We also had an opportunity to show one of our Emerging Vision Filmmaker films, so a another round of applause to Rebecca Starkey for her work considering Alchemy for Cells and Other Beasts and her mother!

Finally, that was a very full house and we appreciate very much all the readers who are finding our work and joining us in these events. THANK YOU.

2018 Washington State Book Awards!

By | Fests and Book Events, Learning How to Be a Publisher, Other Presses & Other Rooms, Thoughts

WOW! THERE WE WERE! THRILLING!!!

It was incredible to have our book, Mary’s Dust by Melinda Mueller with music by Lori Goldston selected as one of this year’s Poetry finalists.

There is no doubt I am competitive and it is true I want all of our books to win all the awards. But working with so many generous and kind authors and artists has mellowed my grim dark heart—  as well as understanding how difficult of every step of book publishing and getting books noticed and read is. So only three years into this, I would like to say, “WOO! WOO!”

Now, we did not win. A heartfelt congratulations to Lena Khalaf Tuffaha and the awards did what it should do which is highlight a Washington State poet get you to add their book to your reading list. I am certainly adding, “Water & Salt” to mine!

And a congratulations to all the winners and finalists! You can see the whole list and learn more about the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library here.

New Citizens!

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For those that follow us on Twitter, you know that I’ve been distraught and outraged by Trump Administration’s immigration policies and tactics. So I’ve been going to protests, donating money, educating myself on the topic — it’s brutal and yes, Obama, was brutal too — and rage tweeting. It’s true.

My husband and I celebrated the 4th of July by doing something new to me: going to the Naturalization Ceremony at the Space Needle. It wasn’t his first, he became a naturalized citizen in Boston twenty years ago! Though a tiny bit of Facebook, we also helped spread the word of the event, though unfortunately did not meet up with any of our readers also there cheering on our new citizens!

It was fantastic to be out cheering for something positive rather than raging against all the negativity. Congrats to our new citizens! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Seattle Citizenship Ceremony 2018

Five months on SPD Bestseller list!

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January 2018 SPD Poetry Best Seller List We want to thank all the readers finding our books and sharing them with other passionate readers of poetry! It was a great surprise and delight to find that five months after publication, we still have books on our distributor’s best seller list! Check out the list and the other fantastic books and publishers here: SPD Best Seller List.

Alchemy for Cells in the High Desert Journal

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“Zeller and DeBacker present a visual jigsaw puzzle, one that ultimately paints a scene of a roaring and whispering beast alongside a “sweet girl made of March light through a seed pod,” alongside watercolor hummingbirds, and hammers for heads—a book of undeniable strangeness. It delves without fear, or, rather, with a reasonably wild fear, into our increasingly unpredictable climate situation and our currently harrowing political climate”— Tor Strand on Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts
Read the full review in the High Desert Journal.

Melinda Mueller and Lori Goldston at Elliot Bay Books

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It was a real treat tonight to once again get Melinda and Lori together to read and perform from Mary’s Dust. Thanks to Elliot Bay Books for hosting this event!

Quite an opener!

Melinda Mueller and Lori Goldston at Elliot Bay Books

Melinda Mueller and Lori Goldston

Lori Goldston playing “Songs for Mary’s Dust”

Melinda Mueller signing books