This page, New Writer Spotlight, is dedicated to writers who have recently published their first book-length creative work with small independent presses. The page is a celebration of both the authors and the little presses who bring new authors to the reading public.
May 2015: Kevin K. Casey
Kevin K. Casey was born in Texas. His childhood was split between various locations in Texas and overseas, and he returned to Texas for university studies. In the 1990s he published a series of young adult books on martial arts and a series of children’s books on multicultural subjects. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as Amarillo Bay. After working as first a California-based and later Colorado-based marketing writer, he turned to freelance writing and editing and enjoyed visiting and living in many locations.
Kevin’s first novel, Four-Peace (Lamar University Press, 2015), is set in Northern California, primarily San Francisco, and tells the story of displaced Texan Jason Spearman. Drawing much from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, the novel follows its protagonist through a series of comic misadventures over the course of a year. The splendor of Northern California is juxtaposed with memories of the wild beauty of rural Texas. Beginning with a character that has a deep affection, even reverence, for the city of San Francisco, the story depicts the urban hills in vivid detail before voyaging beyond the Golden Gate Bridge to portray other magical places in a beautiful land.
A recent interview with Kevin K. Casey appears in The Mimeograph where Kevin discusses the novel in particular and publishing in general.
March 2015: John Milkereit
John is from Chicago and works as a rotating equipment engineer for a contracting firm in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared in various literary journals, such as Big River Poetry Review and San Pedro River Review. His chapbooks are Home and Away and Paying Admissions (Pudding House Press, 2010). He is currently enrolled in a low-residency MFA program at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, WA.
John’s latest work, A Rotating Equipment Engineer Is Never Finished (Ink Brush Press, 2015), has been praised by several accomplished and popular literary artists, such as Randall Watson, Sarah Cortez, and Dave Parsons, the 2011 Texas Poet Laureate. Regarding John’s poetry, Dave Parsons says, “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.”
A recent interview with John Milkereit appears in The Mimeograph where John discusses his creative process and some of his upcoming performances.