I love the work that Kristy selects, and I’m honored to be part of the 2010 selection. My chapbook Experiments in Light and Ether should be coming out in the summer, and I’ll give more details as I know them. In the meantime, check out Dancing Girl Press. Right now you can get 5 books for $20, which is quite the steal. I suggest Kate Durbin! Sarah Gardner is also wonderful… you really just can’t go wrong with any of the DGP selections.
Though in general I’m not a fan of Valentine’s day, beyond making glittery collages for my girl friends, this is sort of wonderful. I’ve heard nice things about Dancing Girl Press from Kate Durbin, and I just purchased a few books from the winter sale. I don’t know anything about the authors, but I’m still excited for the books to get here.
I do need to get out and buy some glitter though, so that my lovely lady friends can have glitter explosions in their mailboxes around the 14th. If you want a valentine, send me your address! The last real valentine flurry I sent was while I was at Moravian College. I gave one to my friend Tim and (though I don’t know I told him this) I panicked after I put it in the drop box, thinking I’d written the wrong box number. I kept checking by the mailboxes until I saw it appear through the glass and I broke into the box to take it out. After running upstairs to the information desk and checking the number I found I’d done it right in the first place, and sheepishly broke back into the box to put it back. Later Moravian put guards on the mailboxes and we couldn’t card into them anymore. Safer all around, but I would have been a wreck, watching through impenetrable glass the glued and collaged valentine slanted against the metal post box walls.
A good friend from grad school came up to Seattle for a few days. After a few misses, we were finally able to get together yesterday, and we ran around Capitol Hill and Seattle-at-large for a little bit. She has two books coming out, The Ravenous Audience (on Black Goat Press) and Amelia Earhart: Fragments Found in a 1937 Aviator’s Boot (on Dancing Girl Press). I’m going to bring a few copies of her chapbook to work and see if the museum is interested in selling them in the gift shop. It’s an absolutely lovely series, and I hope they will. Hopefully next time Kate comes we’ll be able to do a reading together.
We went to Volunteer Park, and this time I got to see it in the sunlight as opposed to in the rain. Beautiful day, wonderful people. Now I have bread in the oven, I’m looking over my galleys for Letters Through Glass and we have a new president. A president who had a poet read at his inauguration. Despite the fog that rolled in this morning, it’s a sunny day.