I’ve been breathing poetry.
January heralded the release party for my book Lessons on Sleeping Alone, and the happy event kicked off a long weekend celebrating Liquid Light Press’s fifth anniversary in publishing.
Lessons on Sleeping Alone is the fourteenth book LLP has published in five years, and the fifteenth – a forthcoming collection by the luminous poet Eleanor Kedney – will be out this spring. To mark the anniversary, publishers M.D. Friedman and Mariamne Engle Friedman invited the entire stable of LLP poets to come to Colorado for a weekend of poetry and celebrations. Audiences in Boulder and Denver were treated to extraordinary readings by Douglas Cole, Lynda La Rocca, Wayne Gilbert, Rachel Kellum, Eleanor, M.D., and me. Douglas and Eleanor traveled from Seattle and Arizona respectively, just for the event.
And as a token of their appreciation, M.D. and Mari gave all the poets in attendance the gift of a complete collection of LLP’s beautiful books. Going forward, they will send a copy of every new LLP book to each of their published poets.
To be a part of such a generous and joyful community of writers has been humbling and inspiring in equal measures, and reading my way through the LLP collection has been akin to breathing pure oxygen at high altitude. I can’t get enough and I can’t stop.
I’m so proud to be published by Liquid Light Press, and so delighted that my little book and I have both found a poetry home.