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I have published sixteen Rose Alley Press titles since the company's inception on November 17, 1995. I feel proud of each one--and I feel gratitude to the wonderful poets with whom I collaborated and to the readers and listeners who appreciated our efforts. My mission all along has included organizing and promoting poetry events in the Puget Sound region and beyond. To learn more about our events, including two readings in November celebrating the press's 20th ANNIVERSARY, visit www.rosealleypress.com/events.html



Rose Alley Press has just published its sixteenth title, my latest poetry collection, Cathedral and Highrise. It features many short lyrics and some longer historical poems, such as "In Antioch to Rediscover Athens," first published by Quill & Parchment and accessible at http://www.quillandparchment.com/archives/Nov2012/anti.html. Read more about the book at http://www.quillandparchment.com/archives/May2015/new.html. Recent prose publications include "Salmon," "Raging Patience," "Grit, Not Glamour," "You See That Window?," and "Mr. Merrick and His Uncle," my latest essays at Exterminating Angel: http://www.exterminatingangel.com/eap-the-magazine/salmon/ and http://www.exterminatingangel.com/eap-the-magazine/raging-patience/ and http://www.exterminatingangel.com/eap-the-magazine/grit-not-glamour/ and http://www.exterminatingangel.com/eap-the-magazine/you-see-that-window/ and http://www.exterminatingangel.com/eap-the-magazine/mr-merrick-and-his-uncle/



Joannie Stangeland, whose Weathered Steps Rose Alley Press published in 2002, maintains an excellent blog: http://www.joanniestangeland.com. I encourage you to visit Joannie's blog, and I thank her for her support of Rose Alley Press and poetry generally. Her talent and persistence have been rewarded by Ravenna Press's publication of her two latest poetry collections, In Both Hands and Into the Rumored Spring. I list Joannie's and other Rose Alley Press poets' readings on our events page: www.rosealleypress.com/events.html. Congratulations, Joannie!



Congratulations to Michael Spence, author of the Rose Alley Press poetry collection Adam Chooses. Truman State University Press recently published his fourth collection, The Bus Driver's Threnody: http://tsup.truman.edu/item.asp?itemid=502. TSU Press also published Michael's third collection, Crush Depth, which poet and critic Mark Jarman calls "a book unlike any other in contemporary poetry, and it is Michael's best to date." Congratulations, Michael!



Congratulations also to Donald Kentop, author of the Rose Alley Press poetry collection On Paper Wings. Paper Wings Press recently published his new collection, Frozen by Fire: A Documentary in Verse of the Triangle Factory Fire of 1911. Former Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken comments: "Frozen by Fire is personal, disturbing, and timely." Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason notes: "Frozen by Fire is an important act of remembrance." I appreciate Donald's strength of commitment in producing this fine book, and I wrote a laudatory review of it: http://www.quillandparchment.com/archives/Feb2015/bookreview.html. Congratulations, Donald!



I strongly recommend visiting www.poetswest.com. J. Glenn Evans and his wife Barbara maintain this informative site, which offers a wonderful introduction to the poets and venues of Seattle, Washington state, and the Pacific Northwest. Also, I recommend the "Poetry Is Everything" newsletter produced and distributed by Christopher Jarmick. It provides much information about Puget Sound area poetry readings and venues. Request e-mail delivery of the newsletter from Christopher at emeraldchris@yahoo.com, and respond occasionally to tell him his efforts are appreciated. Please note also Christopher has organized a Poetry Read-a-Thon. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Northwest-Poetry-Read-A-Thon/531492273674868



One excellent way for writers, especially beginners, to find publishers for their work is to study several annually updated reference books:


The International Directory of Little Magazines and Small Presses, 50th Edition, CD-ROM, 2014-2015
Editor: Dustbooks staff
ISBN: 978-1-935742-29-6
Price: $30, CD-ROM
Pages: 800
For more information contact
P.O. Box 100
Paradise, CA 95967
Info: 530-877-6110
Fax: 530-877-0222
E-mail: info@dustbooks.com
Web: www.dustbooks.com
Please note the International Directory is an annual and that Dustbooks publishes many other fine reference books useful to writers. Four of these, including the Directory, are now available as a CD-ROM package for only $49.95. Also, I offer a big bouquet of Rose Alley's reddest roses to the memory of Len Fulton, 1934-2011. Len founded Dustbooks and managed it for close to fifty years. A true American champion of the literary little guy, Len's directories helped me and thousands of writers find publishers for our work. I wish Dustbooks all the best keeping alive his wonderful legacy. With Len in mind, I pray a spirit of mutual support, not petty competition, influences writers' relations with each other.


2015 Poet's Market
Editor: Robert Lee Brewer
ISBN: 978-1-59963-844-7
Price: $29.99, paperback
Pages: 506
For more information contact
F+W Media, Inc.
Corporate Office
10151 Carver Road, Suite 200
Blue Ash, OH 45242
Telephone: 513-531-2690; Toll-free telephone: 1-855-840-5124
Fax: 513-531-0798
Email: contact_us@fwmedia.com
Web sites: www.fwmedia.com; www.writersdigestshop.com; www.writersmarket.com
Please note Poet's Market is an annual, and that F+W Media and Writer's Digest Books publish many other fine reference books useful to writers.


2015 Novel and Short Story Writer's Market
Editor: Rachel Randall
ISBN: 978-1-59963-841-6
Price: $29.99, paperback
Pages: 570
For more information contact
F+W Media, Inc.
Please note Novel and Short Story Writer's Market is an annual, and that F+W Media and Writer's Digest Books publish many other fine reference books useful to writers.


If you cannot afford these books, check your local library, which might feature reference copies of the latest editions. Consider, as well, purchasing e-book and CD-ROM versions of these books. Annual online subscriptions offer further options, as do used editions from one or two years ago.


Note, too, www.google.com is a wonderful Web resource. This powerful search engine can help you find the sites of numerous online journals and zines. Typically, these publications will include on their respective sites all necessary contact and policy information for those wanting to submit work for consideration. Here are several tips when using google.com:

  • Type a journal's name in the long bar on google.com's home page, and then click "Google Search." Alternatively, you could search by typing key words and then clicking the "Google Search" button (e.g., "poetry & journal & submission policy & editor," or simply "poetry journal submission policy editor," and then "Google Search").
  • You can use the minus sign as well as the ampersand when refining a google search. For example, you could type "Elizabethan poetry & sonnet - Shakespeare" if you wanted to focus on sonnets by Elizabethan poets other than Shakespeare.
  • Begin on the www.google.com home page. To begin exploring poetry journals with Web links, type in the search field "poetry journals directory." This yields links to many sites about poetry and specific journals. You could also focus your search on a specific kind of poetry, such as formal verse, the sites for which include http://www.uncg.edu/~htkirbys/intro.html and The Democratic Republic of Poetry at http://www.trobar.org/prosody/


Of course, you could always visit your local literature librarian and request assistance. Librarians often use google.com in their searches and can greatly help you.


Again, please note Rose Alley Press does not consider or read unsolicited manuscripts, although we wish authors the best of luck finding publishers for their work.



Several important book fairs survive in the Pacific Northwest, despite tremendous challenges to their survival and the recent demise of many. Most prominent among the surviving fairs is one linked to an annual literary festival in Portland, Oregon, called "Wordstock: Portland's Annual Festival of the Book." Wordstock will next occur on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at the Portland Art Museum. Staffed by a marvelous group of volunteers, the event typically features many fine author performances and workshops, as well as a large book fair. For more information about Wordstock, visit http://www.wordstockfestival.com. Alternatively, feel welcome to contact Wordstock by e-mail at la@literary-arts.org or telephone the Wordstock office at 503-227-2583.



Many Western Washington poets maintain entertaining, challenging blogs and Web sites. I listed Joannie Stangeland's Web addresses above. Here are links to some other addresses, preceded by the name of the host or relevant poet:

Below is a list of some literary organizations and prose writers, particularly in Western Washington, featuring Web sites and, or blogs:

The Puget Sound region features some of the United States's best independent bookstores. I feel lucky and grateful to have various Rose Alley Press books available at these stores. Please patronize them; independent bookstores and literary small presses need customer support to survive. I list each store's name followed by its Web site address:

Here are Web addresses for some American poets based outside of the Pacific Northwest:

Here are Web addresses for some additional organizations, businesses, and people that I like, regardless of their location:


Finally, I note the passing of four friends of Rose Alley Press. First, William Dunlop died from cancer on October 20, 2005. William was my teacher and mentor at the University of Washington many years ago. I was honored to know him and to publish his poetry. Of special interest to his friends and fans is the 2007 volume of William's Collected Poems. The book was published by Classic Day Publishing, 2925 Fairview Avenue East, Seattle, WA, 98102; phone: 877-728-8837; e-mail: info@peanutbutterpublishing.com. William's widow, Revelle, and some of his admiring friends produced this volume, which features previously unpublished poems and sells for $18. The back-cover blurbs are by William's friends Jonathan Raban and Margaret Drabble. These esteemed writers rightly valued William not only as a friend but as a great poet. Congratulations to Revelle and all others who contributed to the successful completion of this fine book!


Second, I mourn the loss of Paul Havas, who at seventy-one passed away on February 16, 2012, of pancreatic cancer. Paul was an excellent Northwest landscape painter and exemplified artistic collegiality. For my poetry collection of 1999--Streetlamp, Treetop, Star--I paid Paul a modest fee for use of one of his untitled cityscapes. He said he did not want much, just what I thought I could reasonably afford. I paid him $100 for use of the photographic slide. What a beautiful cover, too! I have Paul's generosity and talent to thank for it. He once attended a reading I gave at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park and bought ten copies of the book to show support. As he was driving me home, he ordered eight more copies! Four people attended that reading, but because of Paul's generosity it stands as one my most commercially successful. He always bought a few copies of new Rose Alley Press books--until the most recent, Many Trails to the Summit. In late 2010 Paul sent me a card indicating he was suffering from cancer but was trying to continue his painting. I inferred that he had huge medical bills and mailed him a complimentary copy of the book. It was the least I could do to reciprocate his many kindnesses to me. These kindnesses included giving me a lift home each time I would visit his Queen Anne studio to show him a new book. He was one of the Northwest's most celebrated, skilled painters, and he was capable of such remarkable humility and consideration. He is survived by his wife, family, and many friends. RIP, Paul Havas.


Third, I mourn the loss of Jack McCarthy, American poetry's raconteur of poignant humor, of stories showing how wounds can yield empathy and mistakes enough wisdom to reach tentative, but deeply valued, happiness. Jack passed away on January 17, 2013, the rightly acknowledged elder statesman of slam narrative. I sponsored, organized, and emceed about six or seven readings at which Jack performed--and he always satisfied his audience. Always. A great voice is now silent, but his books, CDs, and online videos remain accessible to all. Thank you, Jack.


Fourth, I mourn the loss of Herb Sundvall, who at age 77 passed away on August 29, 2013. Herb maintained a poetry blog, herbsunpoems.blogspot.com, and often performed at Seattle-area poetry venues. Originally from New York City, Herb kept his accent despite having lived in Seattle for decades. He showed everyone consideration and respect--and his warm, wry voice and precisely imaged poems will be missed.


Last, I mourn the loss of Ruth L. Horowitz, my wonderfully supportive mother, who passed away at age 83 on August 7, 2015. A native New Yorker, my mother earned her Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis and taught political science at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1971 until her retirement in 2001. She was a remarkably skilled, popular teacher who conveyed her passion for the great political theory tradition to generations of UW students. And what a fabulously supportive mother Ruth was--always generous to my brother Carl and I, always there with a meal, smile, and room whenever we needed it. How lucky I was to have such a gem of a mother, and now, Mom, let me again honor you and your legacy of intellectual rigor and compassionate concern. You remain loved by thousands of fondly reminiscent students, dozens of respectful colleagues, and two wildly appreciative sons. Even during the last weeks of her life, when her body was ravaged by late-stage Alzheimer's, irregular heartbeat, arthritis, hearing loss, and other ailments, she found a smile, however faint, for me and the nurses and doctors who helped her struggle so resiliently. Bless you, Ruth, and may your memory always evoke the respect earned by the finest thinkers with the kindest hearts. You're with the angels--and, perhaps, finally at peace.


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