We are excited to report that our inaugural catalog for Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 is shaping up nicely. Here is what we know right now:
An Englishman in Texas
A Memoir by Ron Kenney
978-1-948692-02-1 paper 16.95
978-1-948692-03-8 ebook 16.95
5½x8½, 144 pp.
An Englishman in Texas is a memoir by Ron Kenney, an English jockey who came to the United States in 1960. His autobiographical account begins with his childhood in the northeast of England during WWII. He goes on to describe how, with no knowledge of horses, he was sent four hundred miles from home at 14 years of age to apprentice as a jockey. He’d been turned away by the foreman at the coal mine because he was too small. The story follows Kenney through his coming of age to his coming to America when he was 30. It follows his fortunes in pursuit of the American Dream. Kenney tells of riding horses for some of the wealthiest and most famous horse trainers in Texas. He tells of his loves and his betrayals, and he introduces the people who helped him along the way
Sisypha Larvata Prodeat
(Sisypha Wearing a Mask Advances)
薛西法 假面 潛行
Poetry by Jan Cole, Art by Adelina Moya
Translated by Angela Liu
978-1-948692-00-7 paper 16.95
978-1-948692-01-4 ebook 16.95
6×9, 114 pp.
Originally published in 1987, the poems in this collection are short and concise, showing conscious restraint by the poet. They carry an aura of fable that leaves an aftertaste for readers to contemplate long after they finish reading. Poet Jan Cole displays a great command of Greek mythology, music and drama from which she draws a wealth of images to reflect her world. Her reserved delivery reflects a longing for personal contact never quite realized. The fifty-nine poems in this collection have been elegantly translated into Chinese by Angela Liu and illustrated with sixteen vivid, full-color paintings by renowned Mexican artist, Adelina Moya.
Jan Cole is best known as a musician, composer, linguist and teacher. Studying music at the Paris Conservatory with Jean Pierre Rampal and Franciso LaGoya, among other musical legends, fueled Cole’s love of language as well as music. She performs on many instruments including flute, recorder, krummhorn, fife, penny whistle, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, tenor banjo, 5-string banjo, psaltery, guitarrón, keyboard, folk harp, and dulcimer. One of her greatest joys is seeing the professional successes of her flute and guitar students.
Adelina Moya’s art is displayed in galleries around Mexico and Texas. She teaches porcelain, ceramic, watercolor, woodburning, oil, acrylic and wash techniques.
Gunshot, Peacock, Dog
Poetry by Rick Campbell
978-1-948692-04-5 paper 15.95
978-1-948692-05-2 ebook 15.95
6×9, 80 pp.
Rick Campbell’s latest collection reads like an extended elegy for the poet himself, for his lost loved ones, and for the changes in the wider world. In this way, it is reminiscent of Hardy. This is the work of a man wise in the ways of the world and not afraid to be what we all are: flawed. His voice is personal and vulnerable because he is honest. The book consists of very detailed and compressed poems, both focused on the natural world and on an inner landscape described with a consistent tone and voice throughout. Campbell channels other poets with great success as he displays clear, thought out structures.
Rick Campbell has published five previous collections of poetry and numerous poems and essays. He teaches in the Sierra Nevada College Low Residency MFA Program and at Florida A&M University. He lives on Alligator Point in Florida’s Panhandle.
No Evil is Wide
A Novella by Randall Watson
978-1-948692-06-9 paper 16.95
978-1-948692-05-2 ebook 16.95
5½x8½, 144 pp.
No Evil is Wide is the linear and violent story of an unnamed narrator, the prostitute he is tasked to “find,” and Carpenter Wells, the man that makes that return impossible. The remembrances of the narrator revolve around sexual awakening, family distance and dissolution—how they crumble to common and inevitable animalism. It is filled with philosophical epistles to the reader that concretize the themes of the work. The narrative that allows the reader purchase within the text begins with the narrator locating the unnamed girl while the world devolves into a chaotic madness of bombings and destruction not dissimilar to contemporary existence. This chaos serves as an uncanny reminder of the everyday violence we overlook.
Randall Watson’s first book, Las Delaciones del Sueño, was published in a bi-lingual edition by the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico. His The Sleep Accusations received the Blue Lynx Poetry Award and his novella, Petals, (as Ellis Reece), won the Quarterly West Novella Contest. He is also the editor of TheWright of Addition, An Anthology of Texas Poetry published by Mutabilis Press.