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Looking forward to 2016

2015 was a very busy year for our editors and designers.  We released 29 chapbooks and ended the year with another 8 in the works. 

We also received over 250 possibilities and our editors read and considered them, selecting another 26 manuscripts to publish in 2016.  Forthcoming titles include:

                The Dancing House by Janet McCann
                The Thumbelina Poems by Merie Kirby
                Trees in Our Dooryards by Sonja Johanson
                Catalpa by Jamie Buehner with illustrations by Susan Solomon
                The Liturgy of Smell by Kennedy Gisege
                A Little Book of Abundance: an anthology of poetry edited by Margaret Hasse
                With Our Lungs in Our Hands by Bethany Lee
                Because I Can See Needing a Knife by Noah Stetzer
                Coyotes I Couldn’t See by Brian Beatty
                The Deliberate Speed of Ghosts by Maggie Rosen
                Gathered Bones are Known to Wander by Amy Friedman
                The Landscape of the Body by Nancy Shih-Knodel
                The Rough Edge of Joy by Francine Tolf
                The Divorce Suite by Jose Araguz
                Elements and Briars by Kindra McDonald
                It’s All Tangled in the Sweat on My Neck by James Croteau
                An Alphabet for Aging: 26 Cinquains by Joan Johnson
                Yes I Know You Can’t Drive Across the World by Daniel Pereyra
                Rosehill by Donald Gecewicz

                The Lawless River by Shaun Turner
                The Lovesong of Smith Oliver Smith by Martin Barkley
                A Guide to Strange Places by Kelly Magee
                Where There is Ruin by Samuel Snoek-Brown
                Wave a Chicken Over Your Head by Alison Morse
                Field Trips with Exceptional People by Andrew Bode-Lang
                Breakneck Cove by David Oppegaard

Non Fiction
                A Sleep and a Forgetting by Matthew Mareck
                Looking to the Sky by Natalie Cunningham
                The House of Nails: Notes on a New Delhi Childhood by Sayantani Dasgupta
                Histories I do(not) Belong To by Gwendolyn Edward
                How to Live: An Introduction by Scott Parker
                A Thousand Sunsets by Paul VanDyke

                Where in the World is Red Bird by Alice Oleson
                Phenomenology of Superhero by Jason Magabo Perez

From one Red Bird author to another...

One of the beautiful things that keeps me so energized about the work we at Red Bird do is the fact that our authors care deeply for one another's work.  Day after day as I read manuscripts, receive queries, and see what our authors are up to online I feel a deep sense of community and I am ever grateful for that.  

This morning, during my morning mental stroll through Facebook I stumbled across a post by Donna Vorreyer about a recently published collection: Kathleen Kirk's "The ABCs of Women's Work."  And again in my email this morning a link to the post.  One author engaging with and sharing the work of another.  True community.  

You can check out Donna's post here.  And her chapbooks, "The Imagined Life of the Pioneer Wife" and "Encantado" are available in our Offerings, as is Kathleen's collection.  Two of Red Bird's many talented authors, connecting with one another, their collections ready to connect with you.    

Red Bird authors to read at SubText: A Bookstore on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Please join us at SubText: A Bookstore on Thursday, January 28, 2016 as they host four local Red Bird authors reading from their chapbooks.  The reading will begin at 7:00 pm with book signing to follow.   

6 W 5th Street
Saint Paul MN 55102 

Geraldine Buchanan's "Draw Your Horizon Line Low" is a collection of poems that resonate and reverberate with every reading. There are tigers and lovers and friends and the irony of a life fully lived. Most of all there is truth observed with "no filters".

Paula Cisewski's "Misplaced Sinister" is a collection of lyric prose that explores (among other things) family, relationships, handedness, language, history, and mythology. Paula's poetic sensibilities amplify the narrative - her syntax, phrasing and image choices deftly working together.

James C Henderson's "Chasing Delight" is a reminder that each day, year, decade, life is made up of small, individual moments. These moments, these little interactions, have incredible power if we see them for the wonders they are. If we consider how each builds and adds to the sum of our whole, our happiness, our contentment, our lives. James writes of the moments of his life vividly, compassionately, and also with a wry sense of humor that reminds us not to take ourselves or our lives too seriously.

Eric Hove's "Strange Friend" is a chapbook that makes you want to savor, the language precise, the tone contemplative without being preachy. Sort of like enjoying a fine wine, a little tart, a little sweet, a little aftertaste and a lingering feeling of warmth.



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