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  • Posted: September 8, 2021

    NEW BOOK by LAURA LEHEW: DEAR JOHN—

    The Poetry Box is happy to announce the forthcoming release of Laura LeHew’s new poetry collection, Dear John—, which is available for PREORDER at a discount NOW thru Oct 15, 2021.

    Dear John—

    Dear John— is a collection of poems that investigate explore the multi-facets of love by using diverse points of view to reveal romantic love, loving friendships, and love that is complicated. The namesake poem for which this book was conceived, the final poem, “Dear John—,” is an epistolary poem in multiple stanzas ultimately on which the theme of this book is derived. “what happens between the notes // is the living.”

    “In Dear John—, Laura LeHew pulls at her scabs with grace, wit and poetic honesty. Yes, it is intensely personal and revelatory as it explores the complexities of romance and love which most will identify and empathize with. You’ll find yourself deeply moved and inspired by its bold honesty. Keep this one close by because it is worth reading several times.”
    —Christopher J. Jarmick, writer, poet and owner of BookTree in Kirkland, Washington

    NEW BOOK by LAURA LEHEW: DEAR JOHN—


  • Posted: July 13, 2021

    I am excited to announce the release of my new book, Coming Home to Myself, Poetry and Art by Lisa Kagan…

    Spanning a decade of growth and change, this book honors the importance of following your inner compass through exploring nine essential elements of the human experience: courage, passion, patience, grace, faith, resilience, wonder, gratitude, and renewal. Serving as an intimate companion for navigating life’s passages, this collection is an ode to the kindness and generosity that the world desperately needs and the power of turning that caring towards ourselves.

    Purchase your copy here: https://familyheirloomarts.com/products/coming-home-to-myself-poetry-and-art-by-lisa-kagan/

    I am excited to announce the release of my new book, Coming Home to Myself, Poetry and Art by Lisa Kagan…


  • Posted: June 13, 2021

    Sutherlin poet, Susan Kay Anderson, is part of the June 2021 30/30 Project at Tupelo Press

    Susan Kay Anderson is part of a group of poets in a marathon fundraising poetry writing month, writing and posting one poem per day at Tupelo Press. The 30/30 Project, an extraordinary challenge and fundraiser for Tupelo Press, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) literary press. Each month, volunteer poets run the equivalent of a “poetry marathon,” writing 30 poems in 30 days, while the rest of us “sponsor” and encourage them every step of the way.

    Donate to 30/30
    The volunteers for June 2021 are Susan Kay Anderson, Lynne Ellis, Haider (T.L. “Nick” Gildred), Annie Goold, Brice Maiurro, Caely McHale, William Overall, Meg Weston, and Heather Hallberg Yanda.

    These are poems-in-progress. Here is a sample:

    Young Summer On The Beach / by Susan Kay Anderson
    Did it bite or beg for water?
    — from The Tower, Wild Apple / by Annie Goold

    May I say
    river so clear so double summer wait
    forward and circling hot and cold
    charm and energies so who will
    slow time down
    on the this beach
    bare feet running
    in the freezing sand
    barely warm that’s
    summer roaming
    with a small dog
    alongside the wind
    anything else gone
    what took forever took its time
    the bonfire blaze windy laundry
    these were footsteps and splashes
    just like home just like relaxing
    a laugh is imagined between steps
    the sea so close always a friend
    Let’s take a picture let’s love this
    more than before let’s find this
    forever this chasing in waves

    Learn more at https://www.tupelopress.org/the-30-30-project-june-2021/



  • Posted: March 20, 2021

    Related to Loon: a first year teacher in Tuluksak by Jackie McManus

    Related to Loon: a first year teacher in Tuluksak has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press. Kathleen Flenniken, former WA Poet Laureate says “McManus is a skilled storyteller, playful, respectful…This book is an absolute delight.” Further reviews and ordering information can be found at www.finishinglinepress.com or the author’s website https://jackiemcm.wixsite.com/poet

    Related to Loon: a first year teacher in Tuluksak by Jackie McManus


  • Posted: March 15, 2021

    Diana Coogle’s new book of poetry

    Diana Coogle has just published “From Friend to Wife to Widow: Six Brief Years,” a book of poems that tell a love story that ends too quickly.

    Diana Coogle's new book of poetry


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