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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.


Ron Arias in Front of the Camera

Red Bird author Ron Arias was recently featured in a video regarding his work with clay.  Between working with Ron as editor on his collection My Life as a Pencil, enjoying my coffee from one of his clay mugs, and regularly looking up at another mug he made (adorned with our wonderful red bird) which sits on my writing desk, I can attest to his skill in both art forms.  Check out the video here.

Welcome to Red Bird's new online home...

This new site was made possible by the talent, hard work, and generosity of our community and friends.  I want to take a moment to extend my heartfelt thanks to a few key people who were instrumental in making this happen.  

Thanks to Starving Geeks – Sage Felker and Eric van der Paardt – for their technical know-how, their willingness to answer my endless questions, make changes, provide ideas, brainstorm, and to teach me how to work with this beautiful site they created.  I have learned much since we embarked on this project and am sure I will learn more as we make this a core part of our Red Bird community.  I am so grateful for all of the late nights, the countless hours, the striking new website. 

Thanks to Anna Dielschneider for her amazing vision.  In late 2014 Red Bird made an open call to our community for design of a new standard (banner) and logo.  We selected her design because we felt she so beautifully captured what we are about – the art and the words and their intersection.  The new logo and standard were unveiled during the AWP Conference in April 2015 and have received much praise.  I’m sure you can see why.  I know I did… This new imagery really deserves to be shared and it was one of the main reasons reasons I decided to embark on the website redesign.  All of us here at Red Bird really appreciate all that Anna did to capture who we are and to make us stand out so brilliantly. 


In the coming weeks I will continue to update the website, adding the many pages for the authors and artists and editors who have joined our community over the years and the new ones who join us in the future.  I will be adding new chapbooks as they are released – we still have several titles scheduled for publication in 2015.  And going forward I will be adding announcements, links to reviews, information about readings and events that we receive from our community. Be sure to check out our Ponderings blog for these updates and our Meet the Flock blog for more information on our editors.  


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