AFTER THE POISON: I received word this evening that my chapbook of political poetry, After the Poison, was a semi-finalist in the Finishing Line Press annual competition and has been selected for publication in 2008! That's what I call a Christmas present!

I don't have very many details, but should have more soon. Finishing Line Press is about 10 years old and its books have racked up some serious awards and publicity. Garrison Keillor has read from several of the press' books on The Writer's Almanac and Billy Collins picked a poem by Abigail Gramig for his 180 More anthology.

There's much to do -- get blurbs, new photos, figure out artwork, etc. -- but I am absolutely over the moon about this news. Now if someone will pick up Wake and my novel, Conquering Venus, that would be one hell of a hat trick.

Comments

Lisa Allender said…
CONGRATULATIONS, Coll!!!!
Very prestige-filled publishing cred... As if you needed any!
Can't wait to see the political stuff, in print!
Anonymous said…
That is def. a great xmas present. Way to go!

GAV
Peter said…
Congrats! Great news.
Reb said…
Yay!!!
Ivy said…
Congratulations, Collin! Well done, you star! :-D
Cheryl said…
Very nice! FLP is good people, indeed.
C. Dale said…
Congratulatons! Great Christmas present, indeed!
i'm so happy for you and cant wait to add it to my chapbook collection!
M. RuPere said…
hey, i was out of town, but awesome news to come back to!
DeadMule said…
Congratulations, Collin!!! I am so happy for you. Helen
Anne said…
Congratulations, Collin! FLP is putting out my chapbook next year too, so I guess that makes us press-mates. :)
RJGibson said…
Congratulations Collin! Fabulous news.
congrats Collin - that's the best Christmas present a poet could ask for! Well done!
Pamela said…
Congratulations, Collin! That's swell news for the holidays.

I hope you make the hat trick.
Collin Kelley and Anne Haines go on tour together! I see it now!
Collin said…
A tour with Anne would be awesome!
Great, great news, Collin. Congratulations.
KATE EVANS said…
YAY Collin!

Annie, Rozzi, Max & I did a little dance for you, to celebrate:

http://www.elfyourself.com/?id=1187760994
What lovely news, Collin - very happy for you. I look forward to getting a copy - it will live next to Slow to Burn which is (for your info) next to Keats on my bookshelves.

Merry Christmas, and I wish you a hat trick.
jenni said…
YAY!!! Fabulous news, Collin! Can't wait to get a copy.

Merry Christmas!!
Justin Evans said…
Collin:

This is wonderful news! I am thrilled for you!
Brent Goodman said…
Wooohooo happy Festivus! Great news.
Liz said…
Fantastic news, Collin...fingers and everything crossed for that hat-trick.

Merry Crimbo : )

Liz
michi said…
laaaaate to the party, but huge congrats all the same, and a WOOOHOOOOOOOOO! from the top of my lungs!

m x
Dustin said…
CONGRATS! CONGRATS! CONGRATS!
Jilly said…
belated congrats Collin. Looking forward to reading it.

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