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CONFLUENCE series

 

 

NANCY DYMOND was born in Pennsylvania near Lake Erie. Her growing up years were spent moving to various towns in Pennsylvania and New Jersey due to her father's restlessness, a foundation for her of rich complexity on which to draw for meaning and inspiration. Since 2002, she has been an active member of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective, a poetry critiquing group based in Narrowsburg, New York. Her first poetry collection was published in Stockport Flats' High Watermark Salo[o]n Chapbook Series (Volume 1, Number 6) along with poems by Lisa Wujnovich and photos of Naomi Teppich's sculptures. Dymond edited Arts Talk, the Wayne County Arts Alliance newsletter for two years. Three of her poems have been awarded prizes in local competitions.

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ISBN 978-0-9911878-6-7

Sleep Barn | Nancy Dymond

If you fell asleep in a barn next to a Magic 8 Ball, you might dream these astonishing poems. Sleep Barn seduces you into daydreams, nightmares and those reveries that vanish upon waking. You've been on this journey too, but Nancy is an alchemist who makes "sonnets from pain." The ecstatic unknowable seems familiar. Words dazzle like fireflies, ephemeral and bright. Nancy has stored up the indelible and unraveled it like a flying carpet. She's going around the corner, then she's going to Mars. The sillage lingers and you are sure that she has been here. — Lisa Ozag

 

SUZETTE BISHOP has an MFA from the University of Virginia and a DA from the University at Albany. Currently, she teaches at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. Her book publications include She Took Off Her Wings & Shoes, which won the May Swenson Award, and a chapbook, Cold Knife Surgery. Her second poetry book, Horse-Minded, was published in May 2012 with WordTech Communications. Her poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, 13th Moon, Aries, Eratica, Fugue, Concho River Review, The Little Magazine, Journal of Texas Women Writers, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review; and in three anthologies, The Virago Book of Birth Poetry, Imagination & Place: An Anthology, and American Ghost: Poets on Life after Industry (with Stockport Flats Press!). One of her poems won the Spoon River Poetry Review Editors' Prize Contest. Her mid-life crisis is a horse named Dakota that she rides as often as she can.

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ISBN 978-0-9911878-3-6

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Hive-Mind | Suzette Bishop

As if hexed, bees disappear like the lost crew of a ship.  Hive-Mind illuminates the real source of Colony Collapse Disorder: our destructive approach to nature.  Reading Suzette Bishop's collection of poems, we move through humming hives of lyric poems, swarms of prose, and then toward a diminishing collage of fragmentary, disconnected thoughts, the result of fried neurons. This hybrid collection sounds an alarm about what else disappears with the bees: pollination, female power and enterprise, jars of honey, the bee-loud glade, the human colony. Suzette Bishop highlights caretakers of honeybees  who are the most acutely aware of bees as humankeepers. We meet three Nineteenth-Century Texas beekeepers and Sylvia Plath—women who kept themselves in comfort, awe, and inspiration while tending to their hives.

AUDREY NAFFZIGER has published three chapbooks, including Intervals (Pikeville Press), Close to Home (Spoon River Quarterly), and an untitled chapbook-length collection of poems for Crazy River. She co-authored a book of poems, Revenants: A Story of Many Lives, with Jane Ann Devol-Fuller, which was awarded a Special Projects Grant by the Ohio Arts Council. She edited Riverwind Literary Magazine for seventeen years, and since 1984 has been teaching writing at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. In 1989, Naffziger was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach Creative Writing at Kendal College, in Kendal, England. More recently, Naffziger co-founded the Hocking-ATCO Writers' Collaborative, a project in which she partnered Hocking College creative writing students with adults with disabilities to write poems, prose, and song lyrics. In 2005 and 2007 she collaborated with the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities, area musicians, and local music producer, Bruce Dalzell, on a 2-CD collection of music based on writings from the Writers' Collaborative.

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ISBN 978-0-9911878-2-9

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Desire to Stay | Audrey Naffziger

In Desire to Stay, Audrey Naffziger's first full-length book of poems, "The dead…know where you live…they crawl in closer than a cat and will not be nursed away." Rather than drowning, Ophelia is "buoyed...toward a new light...." The alcoholic father lives in both the present and the past, since, as Einstein reminds us "the separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion." But what does it mean to care for those with one foot in this world and one in the next? It means loving as hard as one can. It means recognizing that one's fate may be determined by how well we care for those we are meant to become. Desire to Stay reveals our deepest yearning to live fully and without regret, something none of us has yet learned how to do, entirely. It's in the details of others' lives revealed that we find our truer selves. —Jane Ann Devol-Fuller, Editor

ESPERANZA CINTRÓN is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Chocolate City Latina (Swank Press, 2005), and What Keeps Me Sane (Lotus Press, 2013), which won the 2013 Naomi Long Madgett Award. She was the recipient of a Michigan Council for the Arts Individual Artist Grant, The Metro Times Poetry Prize and a 2012 Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow at Brown University. Her poetry, fiction and essays appear in a number of anthologies and journals including Double Stitch (Beacon Press), Erotique Noire/Black Erotica (Doubleday), Abandoned Automobile (WSU Press), 13th Moon and The Little Magazine (SUNY Press), The Latin Americanist and Hispanic Outlook. She holds a doctorate in English Literature from The University of the State of New York. While in New York, she co-founded The Sisters of Color Writers Collective and created its literary journal Seeds, which was published from 1989 to 2006. Currently, she lives in downtown Detroit where she also teaches writing and literature at a local college.

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ISBN 978-0-9911878-1-2

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Visions of a Post-Apocalyptic Sunrise: Detroit Poems |Esperanza Cintrón

Esperanza Cintrón’s Visions of a Post-Apocalyptic Sunrise: Detroit Poems begins  to the strains of B. B. King’s “The Thrill is Gone” and ends with the “strained falsettos / of an R & B quartet dressed / in sharkskin and doing a Motown / dip and strut across the grand stage.” Music in this poetry collection pulses to the rise and fall of black municipal power in Detroit. It explores the working class values that encouraged survival in the face of devastating loss, values that enabled the people to believe that they had some control over their fate even when confronted by overwhelming power.   The poems suggest a cyclical sweep that begins with the intimacies of a separate black community, moves through the political and economic turmoil and ends with a return to what remains, the remnants of a familial community. This collection also includes an "An Interview: Detroit Convo"—a Q & A session between the poets Esperanza Cintrón, Lillien Waller and Lena Cintrón.

 

DEBORAH WOODARD was born in New York City and raised in Vermont. She holds an MFA from the University of California at Irvine and a PhD from the University of Washington. Her first full-length poetry collection is Plato's Bad Horse (Bear Star Press, 2006). She is the author of three chapbooks, most recently Hunter Mnemonics (hemel press, 2008), which was illustrated by artist Heide Hinrichs. Her translation from the Italian of Amelia Rosselli, The Dragonfly: A Selection of Poems 1953-1981, was published by Chelsea Editions (2009). She teaches hybrid creative writing and literature classes at the Richard Hugo House, a literary writing center in Seattle, Washington. Learn more at www.Deborahwoodard.com.

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ISBN 978-0-9840285-3-5

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Borrowed Tales | Deborah Woodard

In Borrowed Tales, personae congregate to live out their lives: Hamlet and Ophelia join the McGuffey Reader's droll school-children to stand beside Junius, a deaf-mute black man from the early 1900s. When they entwine with Vince, a truculent middleschooler in south L.A, and Elaine, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer weighing in from Azerbaijan, their pasts seed a tangible present. Their lives, intractably immersed in history, release chance possibilties buried in every tale. Poems burst forth like entangled weeds in a camellia bush.

 

MARY OLMSTED GREENE, a resident of Narrowsburg, New York, was born in Mexico City and raised at the New Jersey shore. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry from Brooklyn College. She is founder and director of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective which sponsors workshops, publications and events in the Upper Delaware River valley. She is also associate editor of The River Reporternewspaper in Narrowsburg. Greene's poetry has appeared in numerous national and local journals, and she has given readings and performances in venues all over the region. She has published two books of poetry, Where You're Going in this Dream and A Painting With You Running Through It, and her work has appeared in several anthologies. Her favorite wild place is the Atlantic Ocean. She interviews with women on their relationships with nature, spirit and art, WOMEN OUTSIDE, is part of Stockport Flats' Meander Scar Series.

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ISBN 978-0-9840285-2-8

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Permission | Mary Olmsted Greene

Permission begins with childhood, a "bare feet paradise" marred by family dysfunction and blurred boundaries. It is "a prayer in a birch canoe," blending mountain and sea, long liquid moments torn by the horrors of Biker Barbies, exploding skylines and a planet out of control. Its images are fast, fluid and audible as flies sneeze, radios keen and bones declare love. Greene plays with form, using space like sand, sweeping grains aside toframe images. Some poems form acrostic triptychs; others appear aleatoric; some flow in cycles—all underscoring sound, meaning and, ultimately, understanding. Throughout, there are breathless moments that stun the senses.

 

Confluence occurs when two or more streams merge or when non-riverine bodies of water meet. This poetry series seeks such convergence by publishing writers from divergent communities—ecological and aesthetic. Stockport Flats' Confluence Series showcases poets from the Upper Delaware River Basin alongside poets from the Pacific Coast estuaries. Experimentalists from the Rio Grande can find a home alongside traditional bards from the Great Lakes. Reading crosscurrents carries writers into new habits and habitats.