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Poetry and Art
Poetic Matrix Press So Many Voices 20th Anniversary Authors Anthology
Special Guest Valery Ruiz
So Many Voices
Edited by John Peterson, James Downs & Joe Milosch, Cover Art by Molly Weller
Poetic Matrix Press was founded in the high mountain beauty of Yosemite in 1997 and has grown into a press that is producing full-length books as fine as any that can be seen on any bookshelf, in any bookstore or at any library. We are celebrating our 20 year Anniversary, 1997-2017, with an Anthology of our 45 authors and 60 books.
Available at SPD
The Forgotten Shore
by J. P. Linstroth
Lush and passionate, politically and ethically astute, J.P Linstroth's poems awaken our sensibilities on every page, letting us see the human beauty central to our most intensely lived experiences. This is poetry that authentically holds experience still, at the apex of its own fragile beginnings.
- Dr. Ann Townsend, Professor, Denison University
Out now - Available at SPD soon
A Matter of Selection
by Carol Smallwood
(Carol Smallwood's) greatest strengths lie in her own original content, and in that respect, A Matter of Selection soars not only as a follow-up to her past collections, but also as an independent entry into the modern poetic landscape. Be it the personal touches inside the profound "The Universe," the sensory allusions of "A Chemo Visit," the domestic snapshots shaping "The Sewing Box," or the startling social commentary beneath the short and simple "Examples," Smallwood ensures that just about every piece is surprising, unique, and resonant. As such, A Matter of Selection is a tour-de-force illustration of the potentials of poetry.
- Jordan Blum, founder, editor-in-chief, The Bookends Review
What are Our Authors Doing?
Rayn Roberts continues writing and has published in anthologies and literary journals across the nation. He is performing on Radio KSER 90.7 Everett, WA. regularly and been a featured poet at many venues in Seattle. He hosts a long established and popular reading at Green Lake Public Library in Seattle for PoetsWest featuring some of the best poets in the state of Washington, Oregon and California including WA State Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna, Gaylloyd Sisson, Bill Carty, Kilam Tel Aviv, Tara Hardy, Sierra Golden, Chad Sokolovsky, Lola Peters, Art Gomez, Jimmy Jazz, Michael Klam, Pongo for at risk teens and others. As of 2018, he is continuing to promote and instill an appreciation for Poetry and English Literature. He has a new book coming out in 2018 and will tour Sweden, England, Ireland and Holland with, Chris Vannoy, the US National Beat Poet Laureate after they attend the National Beat Poetry gathering in New Hartford, CT. If you want to make the world a better place through poetry, support PONGO: http://www.pongoteenwriting.org/.
Raphael Block Reports
I'm busy preparing my next book, At This Table. It bears the same name as the 5 minute documentary on my site, also featured on the National Geographic Short Film Showcase at this link . I'm very grateful that over 30,000 people have viewed and listened to it.
With very best wishes, Raphael
A Sight Divine
A sea of sunny faces greets me—
each petal a ray like you or me,
unafraid, open to―breeze, rain,
Recited in the documentary
A New Book by Peter and Donna Thomas
Anywhere That Is Wild
Publisher: Yosemite Conservancy | yosemiteconservancy.org
Material for this book was included in Muir Ramble Route-Walking from San Francisco to Yosemite in the Footsteps of John Muir by Peter and Donna Thomas, published by Poetic Matrix Press in 2010.
From Shadab Hashmi
A poem of mine (from Kohl and Chalk) was added to the language arts curriculum last year:https://advancingjustice-la.org/what-we-do/leadership-development/untold-civil-rights-stories/lesson-plan-aapi-women-voices-untold
My work is being used as part of the humanities and creative writing curricula in several colleges and universities and has been featured in several international anthologies, most recently in "IN the Shape of a Human Body I am Visiting the Earth" from McSweeny, edited by Ilya Kaminsky.
I have presented from Baker of Tarifa in Granada, Spain, just a few miles away from the Alhambra; I have also presented at SOAS, York University, Agnes Scott College, Koc University in Istanbul; LUMS in Lahore, Lahore Literature Festival; Chicago University Pakistan Club, and Poets House among many other places.
I thought you might be interested in a couple of developments. I was able to get a review of Spokes of Dream and Bird. Also, an interview with Marin Poets Live:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH8kfnilwfs&list=PLEwX_44-X2vAlOKvz_BhUsUo3No7k454&t=0s&index=45
(The interview was conducted before Spokes of Dream and Bird was published, so Poetic Matrix Press is not mentioned, but Neshama has the book in the Fairfax Library, and it's also available in the Marin County library system through John Hart's efforts in creating an Activist archive.) Thanks again for publishing the book.
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