My new book, slight faith, is scheduled for release on May 1st, but today, by chance, I found that it’s already available online at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble. (By chance, you say? I was in fact looking for it.) This means that if someone orders it today, they could receive it before I receive my copies later next week. My publisher, Lana Ayers (MoonPath Press) released it early so that I could have it in hand for a reading on 5/5/18.
Somehow the timing has fallen into place and I will be reading on KPTZ on 5/4 and then reading with Susan Rich and Susan Landgraf on 5/5 at Anna Quinn’s Imprint Books in Port Townsend.
It all seems very sudden at this moment, but the truth is, slight faith has been a part of my life for the past 5 years, going through its paces, revision after revision, submitted and rejected, picking up some semi-finalist spots and one finalist before MoonPath accepted it for publication in August of 2016. And then waiting and more revisions and more waiting, and finally choosing a cover and then the production back-and-forth and now, here we are.
You probably know that there are a wide range of feelings when a book leaves the nest and flies out into the world. Fear, excitement, relief. Today, mostly I am grateful. To Lana who has been a perfect editor and who rejected it once, but encouraged me to submit it again. To early readers including my co-editors at Headmistress Press, Mary Meriam and Rita Mae Reese. To Mary, who tirelessly searched for the perfect art work for the cover. For the nice rejection from Copper Canyon Press. To editors who took the time to give me feedback (thinking here particularly of Kelli Agodon, to whom I’m grateful for so many things). And of course, to the amazing poets who wrote blurbs for it- Susan Rich, Michael Schmeltzer, and Laura Foley.
And especially, I am grateful for all the outrageously fabulous poetry out in the world today that has inspired me, and thrilled me, and kept me almost sane in this crazy world.