Poetic Matrix Press was founded in the high mountain beauty of Yosemite
in 1997, and has since grown into a press that is producing full-length books as
fine as any that can be seen in any bookstore or library. We started by producing
a newsletter of poetry and essays on the poetic experience, now our Forever Journal
blog; then in 2000 we put out a nationwide call for manuscripts and published a
total of 4 manuscripts in chapbook format. Since 2001 we have published full length
perfect bound books, including books by poets in New York, Virginia, Northern, Central
and Southern California as well as Ireland, England and South Korea. A few years
back James Downs, Assoc. Editor, started our Poet's Comments, now set-up as a blog.
We are currently publishing out of Madera, California.
John Peterson is Publisher and Editor of Poetic Matrix Press. After publishing
his first book Two Faces One Race with Tomas Gayton in 1994 John started
Yosemite. After meeting James Downs there he started publishing chapbooks and then
full length volumes. His books include Dark Hills and Wild Mountains and
the Day plus chapbooks This Warrior is Always at Peace and Uzumite.
James and Joyce Downs
Friends of the Press
James & Joyce Downs are dear friends and confidants of Poetic Matrix Press and this publisher. James' first full volume, Merge with the river, was published in 2004, a new volume is in preparation. He is a poet, song lyricist, a loving step-father and grandfather to his dear wife Joy's daughters and grandsons and he digs his cat Belle de Bayou. Joyce has contributed many photographic works to this website. James & Joyce now live in Sonora, California.
Devon Peterson is our Publishing Consultant helping to re-vision the Press and its
modes of operation. Devon is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley with a BA in Near
Eastern Studies with a emphasis in Arabic Language and Literature.
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