Small Press News is proud to announce the second writer named to the New Writer Spotlight, our ongoing feature that celebrates writers who have published their first book-length creative work with small independent presses. Kevin K. Casey and his novel Four-Peace (Lamar University Press) made the list for May 2015. Kevin has recently been interviewed by The Mimeograph.
Beaumont, TX–Lamar University Press calls itself a small university press, but a check of the books in print and those listed on the coming soon page reveals a more accurate description: busy university press. With the release of its next book, scheduled to be Kevin K. Casey’s novel Four-Peace, Lamar University Press will have published three novels, twenty-four books of poetry, and seven nonfiction books. From January through the end of April 2015, the press released ten books. In addition to the forty-plus books already published, the small press lists six books on its Coming Soon page. And according to press staff, there are another dozen books that have passed the selection process and in various stages of production. With this kind of impressive output for a small press, quality has not been compromised. Among the authors are many prize winners, including multiple past Texas poet laureates and one Canadian poet laureate.
For a look at many fine books crossing several genres, visit Lamar University Press.
Norman, Oklahoma–The Sooner State’s leading voice for high quality, non-mainstream literature has returned to writing and allowed a Texas press to showcase her latest work. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, editor of Mongrel Empire Press, has agreed to allow Lamar University Press to publish her collection of essays, Oklahomeland.
According to the publisher:
A new book by Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Oklahomeland, is a wonderful collection of essays that will hold your attention. She found her title in some graffiti on an Oklahoma wall. The essays in this book explore numerous topics: a photographer’s sense of aesthetics, the suicide of a sharecropper , Oklahoma literature and culture. For her collection of poetry Work is Love Made Visible, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish won an Oklahoma Book Award, a Wrangler Award, and a WILLA Award from Women Writing the West. Her writing appears in numerous journals and anthologies, and she contributes much to Southwestern and American letters with her editorial work. She is founding editor of the active and successful Mongrel Empire Press. She serves as Director of The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA program at Oklahoma City University where she is also a faculty mentor in writing pedagogy and the craft of poetry.
In Local Bird, Laurence Musgrove offers us both new poems and previously published selections from descant, New Texas, Concho River Review, Elephant Journal, Sleet Magazine, Inside Higher Ed, and Southern Indiana Review. Organized into eight sections, this collection speaks in a consistently simple, direct, generous, and tender style about teaching and learning, reading and writing, domestic conflict, the family pet, as well as meditations on the natural world. But it’s not all serious business; Musgrove shows a playful side while poking fun at modern technology, bureaucratic inefficiencies, and even his job as a college teacher of writing. And then there are those more formal and melodic examples in poems like “If You Want Me” and “Barbequing in the Rain” that explore more regular rhythms and rhymes.
For this and other fine books, visit Lamar University Press.
Beaumont, TX–Lamar University Press is delighted to announce the upcoming publication of a second collection of poetry from a writer better known for nonfiction works about sports like boxing, football, and rodeo. W. K. Stratton’s Ranchero Ford/Dying in Red Dirt Country will, according to the publisher, please a diverse group of readers in both style and content:
W.K. Stratton continues his exploration of alter ego alleyways in his second book of poetry, Ranchero Ford/Dying in Red Dirt Country. Written in both verse and prose-poem form, the pieces in the book form a poetic concept album dealing much with time and place and family, both real and imagined. The poems draw images from a tough society populated by oilfield roughnecks, bootleggers, brawlers, and outlaws. Ranchero Ford/Dying in Red Dirt Country is bookended by long pieces exploring loss in the unforgiving territory. Stratton, a past president of the Texas Institute of Letters, has written four books of nonfiction and co-edited another.
Stratton’s first collection of poetry, Dreaming Sam Peckinpah, was released by Ink Brush Press in 2011. Stratton lives in Central Texas and is rumored to be working on another book about Sam Peckinpah.
For more information about the release of Ranchero Ford/Dying in Red Dirt Country and other fine books, visit Lamar University Press.
Dallas, TX–Ink Brush Press has announced the forthcoming release of a new collection of poetry. A Rotating Equipment Engineer Is Never Finished by John Milkereit is a work by a real-life engineer. Though firmly grounded in the sciences needed for a career in engineering, Milkereit also excels in the arts with his performance poetry, and he is currently enrolled in an MFA program. His work has been praised by the likes of Texas Poet Laureates and others. According to Dave Parsons (2011 Texas Poet Laureate):
John Milkereit’s poems sing with the free-wheeling voice of the very finest performance poetry, yet they also gift his readers with the delight of well-wrought similes and metaphors that pleasantly surprise, always entertaining and urging the reader on, widening our reality with his unique imaginative visions.
For this and other fine books, visit Ink Brush Press.
Beaumont, TX–Lamar University Press has announced the forthcoming publication of Four-Peace, a novel by Kevin K. Casey. The novel is based loosely on Edward Fitzgerald’s Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, one of the most loved poems of the Victorian era. According to the publisher’s description of the the book:
Jason Spearman is a lonesome cowboy from Isom, Texas, and he wants only to dodge entanglements and get on down the road. Or so he says. He is also frequently in trouble with the bottle, out of touch with the people around him, and haunted by idyllic memories of the Texas of his youth. Every deliberate effort to further separate himself from trouble leads Jason to magical places with unforgettable characters. Set to the rhythm of the Rubiayat of Omar Khayyam and against the striking beauty of San Francisco and Northern California, Four-Peace is an often humorous, always moving story about finding meaning amid the transitory nature of existence.
Born in Texas, Casey has worked as a California-based and later Colorado-based marketing writer. He has published two series of children’s books, and his short fiction has appeared in Amarillo Bay. Four-Peace is his first novel.