Season of Change
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Season of Change
- Print copies of The Orchards: Winter 2023 now available!
- Delisa left her role at Kelsay Books to work as a religious educator! Olivia will assume her responsibilities.
- Upcoming reading: Marc Frazier, author of If It Comes to That, with special guest Steven Ostrowski
- Replying to your wonderful comments
Welcome to our second year of the Kelsay Books Blog. I’m so proud of our growth and excited to announce here, in case you missed it, that I’ll be stepping into a bigger role to pick up where our beloved Delisa Hargrove left off! While making that transition post-holiday-hiatus, this month’s blog post looks a little different.
I selected skunk cabbage for the cover photo, the Eastern kind, because that variety is not only familiar to me but also purple (!!), to represent our January 2024 vibe. Skunk cabbage is the first plant to pop up towards the end of winter. But why is this gorgeously funky lil cabbage called skunk? Well, it stinks. Its scent attracts pollinators to usher in spring. But maybe you already knew the deal with skunk cabbage. Maybe, like me, you get excited at this first sign of better days.
As beautiful and exciting as it is to experience change, it kind of stinks. I’ve got emails on emails and tasks on tasks to catch up on now that I have a proper handle on the production process, thanks to Delisa, Karen, Jenna, and my B.A. in Publishing. It’s the coldest part of winter in much of the region we call home, we’re in the thick of it right now, but before long, the frost will subside, the skunk cabbage will emerge, and our stinky growth will herald a triumphant return to balance. Decent metaphor, right?
Next month’s blog will resume our regular Poetic Excellence content. We have a reading coming up on Monday, February 5th—details below—and I’m looking forward to connecting with our lovely poetry community! Finally, since Shopify doesn’t support its own comment reply feature (we need a paid plugin...ugh), I thought it would be a fitting celebration of KBB’s evolution over the past year to respond publicly the nice comments we’ve received from you along the way.
We hear you, we see you, and we’re grateful for your patience during this transitionary season.
The Orchards: Winter 2023 Edition Is Here!
Considering submitting your manuscript to us? With over 90 contributors to discover, the latest issue of Kelsay Books’ biannual literary magazine is a great way to find your niche in the diverse ecosystem of traditional poetry.
Monday, February 5th, 8:00 p.m. ET: Marc Frazier wsg Steven Ostrowski
Catching Up On Comments
So glad you found us, Linda! A rich trove is exactly what we strive to evoke with the blog. It means so much (like finding the first skunk cabbage of the season!) that you discovered Kelsay Books organically. Thank you for letting us know.
Congrats, Penny! We love Rattle and the moment haibun is having.
We don’t love the hyperspeed that news in the book world tends to move at, which is why it’s always welcome and appropriate to promote your work in a comment like this.
Send your recent announcements—those pertaining to the month (or so) of publication—to firstname.lastname@example.org to feature it on the blog!
First, grab your copy of Penny Harter’s latest:
Kathleen, we’re delighted! For the people in the back, the book in question is Prayer Gardening, co-authored with Constance Brewer. Check it out below.
Go, Margaret! Keep us posted on your wins.
Margaret shared family photos from her book at the December reading, making for a memorable performance. Here’s more about I Come from Immigrants:
That was a fun retrospective on just a handful of the excellent books we published in 2023. Keep your comments coming! Here’s to more in 2024.