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  • Posted: February 3, 2020

    Gina Williams’ new poetry collection, “An Unwavering Horizon,” now available for pre-order

    Finishing Line Press announces the publication of “An Unwavering Horizon,” a full-length poetry collection by Oregon Poet Gina Williams.

    Pre-sales are underway through March 6, 2020. Books will ship May 1, 2020. Order directly through the Finishing Line Press bookstore at https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/an-unwavering-horizon-by-gina-williams/. International orders are available. Sample poems and additional information about the collection are available on the author’s website: http://www.ginamariewilliams.com/an-unwavering-horizon.html

    Williams is a Pacific Northwest Native who was raised in Sherwood, Oregon and has called Lake Oswego home since 2012. She is married to fellow poet Brad Garber.

    An Unwavering Horizon is a finely crafted collection that explores perspectives and understandings often missed in the hustle and crush of everyday life. The beautiful things. The ugly things. The poetry of things. Williams takes an honest, questioning look at the hard realities of the human condition, from family crisis to war to our precarious place in the natural world, while also seeking answers and offering hope for the future.

    Jonathan Starke, editor of Palooka and author of You’ve Got Something Coming writes, “Williams channels the hardships of existence through a lightning voice of empathy and illumination—pure and crisp and sure of its subjects. The rough love of family, the fleeting nature of memory, the winding road of illness, the harsh screams of war, the sorrow of lost connection, and the ever-eroding hope for a better world.”

    The highly visual imagery and lyrical, yet grounded poetry of An Unwavering Horizon takes the reader on a satisfying and thought-provoking journey through the natural and human elements of Earth/Truth; Spirit/Power; Air/Love; and Water/Wisdom.

    In addition to poetry and other literary writing, Williams’ professional life includes work as a journalist, visual artist, communications professional and gardener. She is a volunteer at Luscher Farm Community Garden in Lake Oswego where she enjoys the garden community, maintaining her plot and volunteering for various programs such as children’s field trips. Williams created the cover art for An Unwavering Horizon, which features a photographic illustration from a sunset scene in Tygh Valley. She is a two-time graduate of University of Oregon in Eugene (bachelor’s degree, Journalism/English minor, 1992) and Portland (master’s degree, Strategic Communication, 2011).

    Finishing Line Press is an award-winning publisher based in Georgetown, Kentucky. In addition to the Chapbook Series, it publishes the New Women’s Voices Series and sponsors the Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition.

    Advance Praise for An Unwavering Horizon:
    “Williams channels the hardships of existence through a lightning voice of empathy and illumination—pure and crisp and sure of its subjects. The rough love of family, the fleeting nature of memory, the winding road of illness, the harsh screams of war, the sorrow of lost connection, and the ever-eroding hope for a better world. An Unwavering Horizon swells with compassion, pulses with lovely imagery, and fights to make sense of all that we’ll never know.”
    –Jonathan Starke, founding editor of Palooka and author of You’ve Got Something Coming

    “Gina Williams is a powerfully observant poet whose work unfolds a world of emotion from the often-overlooked minutiae of everyday existence. An Unwavering Horizon is a finely crafted collection of many different strands that readers will delight in returning to again and again.”
    –Dr. Darren Richard Carlaw, Editor, StepAway Magazine

    “In An Unwavering Horizon Gina Williams gives us a look at family and moments of intimacy and discovery: Granny watered the crumbling / red clay dirt . . . She glances /out toward the empty road, /then sets her jaw, thin lips /an unwavering horizon. But this ‘horizon’ expands the view: For the AIDS babies, he explains, softly, / needles never pausing. With it comes the innocent wisdom of a child: he looks toward the altar— /points at the crucified christ /as if seeing it for the first time /and screams, ‘mommy! look! /get that man down. A collection for the thinker: “a man out there a drift . . . / . . . /Jesus nowhere to be found.” In this pensive collection, the reader will find reason to relate and to question.”
    –Robert L. Giron, Editor in Chief, Gival Press, ArLiJo

    Author Bio: Gina Williams is a journalist, photographer, former firefighter, and gardener. She’s a Pacific Northwest native and can often be found rambling in the Oregon Outback, volunteering at the community garden, or on assignment in a far-flung location. She lives and creates near Portland, Oregon. Williams is a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry and founder of Plein Air Poetry Northwest, a nonprofit organization supporting literary arts and environmental activism. Her writing and visual art have been featured most recently by River Teeth, Okey-Panky, Carve, The Sun, Fugue, Palooka, Boiler Journal, Whidbey Art Gallery, Black Box Gallery, and Great Weather for Media, among others. Her full-length poetry collection, “An Unwavering Horizon” published by Finishing Line Press, is now available for pre-order and will be distributed in May 2020. Learn more about her and her work at GinaMarieWilliams.com

    Shipping Date: May 1, 2020
    To order online, go to https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/an-unwavering-horizon-by-gina-williams/
    Or, you may order directly from the publisher,
    Finishing Line Press
    PO Box 1626
    Georgetown, KY 40324

    ISBN: 978-1-64662-151-4 First Edition

    Please send $19.99 + $2.99 shipping (per copy)
    By mail only: If ordering multiple copies, shipping is $2.99 for the first copy and $1.99 for each additional copy.

    You may also contact the author, Gina Williams, by phone, 360-606-8489, email at gina@carpeverbum.net, or visit her website at http://www.ginamariewilliams.com



  • Posted: December 22, 2019

    Laura LeHew: Is It Hot In Here Or Is it Just Me?: Women Over Forty Write on Aging

    I am excited and honored and pleased as punch to have 3 poems in this anthology —

    Is It Hot In Here Or Is it Just Me?: Women Over Forty Write on Aging Paperback – December 15, 2019

    by Janette Schafer (Author), Wendy Scott (Author), Holly Spencer (Author), Nina Padolf (Editor)

    If you’d like to order a copy:



  • Posted: October 27, 2019

    Oregon Poet Wins Award – Is set to Judge International Contest

    Oregon Poet Adam Levon Brown has won the 2019 Blue Nib Chapbook Award. Out of nearly 450 entries, his chapbook, “Incidents” placed first. As well as the award, Brown was allotted 500 Euros as his prize.

    In the same week, Brown was named the judge of the 2019 Into the Void Magazine Poetry Prize Contest. The contest opens on November 1st internationally.



  • Posted: February 28, 2019

    Carolyn Martin Launches a New Collection

    Carolyn Martin is happy to announce the launch of her latest poetry collection, A Penchant for Masquerades (Unsolicited Press, 2019).

    Celebrate with her at

    The Milwaukie Poetry Series
    March 13, 2019
    6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    The Ledding Library Pond House
    2215 SE Harrison Street
    Milwaukie, OR

    From the universal to the personal, the formal to the experimental, this collection takes an unflinching look at the fluidity of truth, time, identity, history, death, and relationships.



  • Posted: February 2, 2019

    Klonopin Meets Sisyphus – New Chapbook by Adam Levon Brown

    The Oregon Poet, Adam Levon Brown, is having a chapbook of poems being published by Weasel Press (Texas) titled, “Klonopin Meets Sisyphus”

    You can stay up to date with the book by visiting https://AdamLevonBrown.com

    “Adam Levon Brown’s new book Klonopin Meets Sisyphus is an amazing display of true vulnerability. Brown, who I consider to be the fastest growing poet, talent-wise, in the entire literary world, speaks of various struggles throughout his life.

    The title perfectly encapsulates what Brown does in this book–a feat often attempted but rarely pulled off with such acumen. From lost first loves to confronting the fact that he has been too humble toward other people in his life, this book scrutinizes both the aspects of mental illness (Klonopin) and the fact that Brown feels he is eternally trying to reach an inner peace only to have to start all over again (Sisyphus).

    This is a stage to page book for the ages. The book’s main theme may be vulnerability but there are occasional redemptive moments such as in the poem “Cigarettes and Anxiety” in which Brown utters “I will beat these addictions and conquer these fears.”

    Overall, I think this is Brown’s best book yet, as he peels back the layers of viscera and reveals his heart to the world. Brown is a poet I’ve been watching since his very first book and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us next.”

    – Heath Brougher
    2018 Poet of the Year – Taj Mahal Review
    Head Poetry Editor
    Into the Void Magazine



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