Passing of Edward van Aelstyn, by Alan Contreras

I note the passing of Edward van Aelstyn of Newport. I’m not sure that is mentioned anywhere else on OPA. He died May 23, 2018. He was the editor of Northwest Review at the UO when it was shut down over complaints about the content of poetry by Philip Whalen and others in 1964. He then started the famous Coyote’s Journal, which published Whalen, Gary Snyder and others.

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The Bob Sterry School of Burglary

On August 21st I will publish a collection of Poetry, Essays and Short Stories with the eponymous title ‘The Bob Sterry School of Burglary’. It will be my second publication if one counts a home-made chap book I put together in 2012 entitled ‘Wing Nut’. The new collection contains thirty-three poems, and thirteen essays or short stories depending on how you define these two mediums of expression. The styles and content range from comic satire to nostalgia to dark emotions. At present all the content is complete and the book is in the hands of my designer and copy editor. Some of the content has already appeared on my blog I will be running a crowd source program to offset the cost of publication using Kickstarter. Feel free to contact me for more information about the book.