Stretch into Spring
Like the trees now budding in the Northern hemisphere, editors Delisa and Karen have been hard at work creating beautiful new releases. Kelsay Books don't grow on trees, but they might as well be this spring!
This bloom wouldn't be possible without pollinators — or fellow gardeners — this metaphor has gotten away from me, but the editors are busy! help me out in the comments — I am referring to the poets and readers in our ecosystem. Thank you for bringing literature to life with us.
- All Alive Together Sally Zakariya
- Unbroken Lynda La Rocca
- Going Places William Heath
- Seasonings Joanne Frazer
- The Quickening Light June Blumenson
- Toward the Terminal Marzelle Robertson
- Secret Offices Anthony DiMatteo
- Without the Water Lorraine Henrie Lins - Read the OBX Today announcement
- Lyrical Years Gary Grossman
- Common Places Don Thompson
- Beguiled by the Frailities of Those Who Precede Us Stephen Smith
- Alchemy of Yeast and Tears Patricia Davis-Muffett
- Bar of Rest Sara Epstein
- Old Age and Young Hearts Judie Rae and Ellen Reynard, editors
- Keeping Time: Haibun for the Journey Penny Harter
- Last Exit Dora Robinson
- Ember Harriet Ribot
- Coyote in the Basket of My Ribs Karen Gonzalez
- Notebook 19 Dennis Bernstein
- Eveningland Adam Chiles
- By Chance Emily Axelrod
- Sunshine Has Its Limits Lenny Lianne
- Before the Sun Peter Schireson
- Built of All I Shape and Name Jessica G. Simon
- Pulled Pork in Paris Athar C. Pavis
- Twenty Stories Michael Harty
- Watershed (new Finger Lakes poems) Carolyn Clark
- Washed by a Summer Rain: Poems from the Desert Janet McMillan Rives
- The Love of Mortal Beings Batnadiv HaKarmi
- Pink Typewriter Nancy Anne Miller - Read the press release
- Precincts of the Passion Dragon Alfred Encarnacion
- Life Goes On David Chorlton
- Glimpse Victoria Twomey
- The Sapphires Helen Ruggieri
- Winded from the Chase Linda Malm
- Olly, Olly Oxen Free Angela Hoffman
Stay tuned for upcoming events! First, Carolyn Martin, author of It's In The Cards, calls for proceeds from her book sales to provide financial aid to the family of poet Jerrice J. Baptiste. Details below!
For the past two years, Jerrice J. Baptiste––a poet, educator, author, and Poet-in-Residence at The Prattsville Art Center in New York––has been struggling to get her uncle, aunt, and two cousins out of the horror that is Haiti. After so many disappointments and dead ends, she has finally found the legal advice and support she needs to bring the Laurore family to the U.S.
This family includes a 60-year-old father who is an engineer/poet, his 54-year-old wife who is a school administrator, a 25-year-old son who is studying law, and a 21-year-old who is studying accounting. The young men speak English and mom and dad have been tutored by an American volunteer via Zoom for the past several months. They just received their passports this past week and have found a sponsor in Brooklyn, NY. Two huge hurdles jumped! Now, they’ll need money for food, clothing, and rent.
Knowing the challenges Jerrice has faced and the bravery she’s displayed putting herself in the hands of strangers, I thought what better way to help another poet, but to have a poetry fundraiser. Kelsay Books is releasing my chapbook, It’s in the Cards, this month and it became apparent to me that it is in cards that this book provide some financial support for this family.
Here's the deal: If you’d like to purchase a copy of It’s in the Cards and contribute to this fundraising effort, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a “Yes”! Add your name and mailing address and let me know if you’d like the book signed and to whom.
Then, when the book arrives in about three weeks, I’ll send you a copy with a self-addressed stamp envelop in it. You send a check made out to me for $15, a discounted price which includes shipping and handling. I decided to bypass PayPal and credit card companies because they would take a chunk out of the $15. This way, the family receives the total amount. I am proud to say we already have “yeses” amounting to $1000 and are still adding more every day.
Jerrice, the Laurore family, and I thank you in advance for helping to ease the burden of some kind, talented, and loving people who will find a new home in the United States soon. It’s in the cards!