Friday Notes & Notions

Stacey Lynn Brown's battle with Cider Press over her collection, Cradle Place, has now made the pages of Poets & Writers. You can read it here. While Kevin Larimer tries to present a balanced chain of events, there's some between the lines chastisement. I firmly believe Stacey did the right thing and her collection is now with a much better home at C&R Press.

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Mark your calendar for Voices Carry: An Evening of Poetry & Spoken Word on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur. The fifth annual reading will feature Theresa Davis, Jim Elledge, Kodac Harrison, Laurel Snyder and Cecilia Woloch. I'm hosting and will be reading a few poems, too. Visit or for more information. This is going to be an amazing reading, folks!

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Artist and blogger Sarah Coffman has created Virgil O. Stamps Letterpress Laboratory, which uses found and discarded items to create one-of-a-kind business cards, stationary and other printed items with an old-fashioned letterpress. This is very cool.

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Lisa Zaran, editor of the online literary journal Contemporary American Voices, has started Little Lark Press, which will print poetry chapbooks written by kids and teens. Fantastic idea, Lisa!

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My friend and regular blog commenter Gav helped in fixing the "scrunched" banner here on Modern Confessional. It was a screen resolution issue. All of those who couldn't see the "l" on the end of Confessional should be able to see it now. Let me know.

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My poetry goddess Sharon Olds will be reading from her new collection One Secret Thing on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. The Literary Center at the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta. If you're in Atlanta (or close enough to drive in) you must come to this reading. I mean it. Get the details here and RSVP.

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More updates from NYC soon!


Lisa Allender said…
Hi Coll--great line-up. Awhile ago, I let Atlanta Writers'Club members know about Sharon Olds. We(AWC) have a "Partnership" with MM House, so it should be a GREAT turn-out!
stacebro said…
Thank you for posting this, Collin. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who read Larimer's article as implicitly condoning the press and chastizing me (at the very least). He also managed to leave out key facts that made the argument more balanced, edited out the fair and reasonable requests I made, and just completely skipped over the legal and ethical issues. You can read my response on my blog. :)
DeadMule said…

I now see your banner "un-scrunched."
Pris said…
Sharon Olds! Lucky you. I love her poetry,too.

On the controversy, that's a tough call. I think the lesson we can pull from this is that we need to ask that certain clauses be put in contracts ahead of time. Granted, the publishes usually design book covers and presentation in fiction, but top authors have say so in the process. Who, for example, would want their poetry book in an undesirable font and with a cover that doesn't follow the feel of the poetry? Regarding errors, gads no.
Anonymous said…
You're welcome.


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