by Win Bassett
In an effort to be a charitable citizen of the independent publishing community, we’d like to give a little love to our contributors, friends, and fellow members each week!
* Latest issue of Brevity is out!
* The Best American Poetry blog interviews the fine folks behind Auguste Press/Lew Gallery Editions:
Auguste Press/Lew Gallery Editions are not sold anywhere, the only way to find them is to contact the editors directly. Each of their publications is made by hand and printed in limited editions that are sent out to their mailing list of friends and contacts across the country. While their operation is very much inspired by the long tradition of avant-garde poetry in the Bay Area throughout the 20th century, their publications have loyal following all over the United States.
* Jamaal May’s “Triage” featured by Poetry Daily.
* 2014 North Carolina Literary Festival Author Lineup announced.
Simple acts of literary citizenship can include reviewing another’s book, helping set up a reading event, proofreading a peer’s draft, or simply showing up at an event and being mindfully present. These acts of kindness needn’t cost us a thing; the best ‘gifts,’ as in other aspects of life, come from an authentic place within. We know that giving, indeed, is better than receiving.
* Luke Johnson writes a stunning essay at the Marginalia Review of Books on Yale University Press’s Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry:
This was not supposed to be a personal essay. Before the Door of God sat on my backseat because I hadn’t fully unloaded my office after the fall semester. The book was there as I drove at midnight from Virginia to Chapel Hill, where my father spent almost twenty years as campus chaplain and Director of the Wesley Foundation, just around the corner from the hospital. Brother Paul flew from Boston; David drove from Ithaca, and Chris from Alamance County. Chapel Hill was my father’s spiritual home, where he learned to preach and worship through the 1960s. Chris and Paul were born in the hospital where my father lay. As is so often the case with prayer, this is not so much about what was planned as what happened.
It’s 9:00 a.m., and I think I’m gonna pass on coffee and hit a bottle of Wild Turkey. I will continue hitting it until I can deal with the fact that Gregory Sherl is a better poet than me.
* Virginia Quarterly Review has a new website design, and we love it!
Win Bassett‘s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Paris Review, and Salon. He’s a former assistant district attorney and serves on the PEN Prison Writing Program Fiction Committee. Follow him on Twitter: @winbassett