Larry Duncan currently lives in Long Beach, CA. In 2012, he received his MFA from California State University, Long Beach. His first chapbook, Crossroads of Stars and White Lightning, is available from Arroyo Seco Press. His second chapbook, Drunk on Ophelia, includes photos and digital art by Ken Oddist Jones and was released by Sadie Girl Press in January 2016. He has work in Cadence Collective Anthology: Year One and Year Two.
Debut chapbook, Nature Studies by Terry Ann Wright. 45 pages, perfect bound, 6×6 inches. Illustrated with Victorian style scientific drawings to compliment her biting poems. Available through Sadie Girl Press Bookstore and MADE by Millworks in Long Beach.
“Each poem in these “Nature Studies” is a precise scalpel of human relationships. We could say that this book is an anatomy/botany/cartography of attraction and rejection, of desire and oblivion. The poems are complex, vocative (many of them built in the “you” voice), rich in sound, piercing. The author exercises a sort of contemporary, Victorian contention to fully explore passion, disorder. It is in this movement between exposure and form where the pages of this book breathe, come to life. The reader hears echoes of William Blake (“The Sick Rose”) and Emily Dickinson (“Started Early-Took My Dog”) but most of all, we hear the distinctive voice of Terry Ann Wright–daring, unapologetic.” ~Mariano Zaro, author of Tres letras/Three Letters
On December 4th & 5th, Sadie Girl Press will be joining Lucid Moose Lit for the bi-annual Uptown Village Market at the Expo Center in Bixby Knolls. Beginning with the monthly First Fridays event from 6-9 pm, and continuing on Saturday, December 5th from 11-5, we will have a table set up in the Expo Center with our books to sell, information about our projects, and clothing collection drive for a local women’s shelter.
On Saturday, from 2-4, we will join liz gonzález of the Uptown Word Reading & Art Series for a special event called “Women Word Workers”, featuring local Long Beach women making an impact in the literacy scene. Nancy Lynée Woo, liz gonzález, and myself, Sarah Thursday, will read our work and share what we are doing for our community. There will also be an open mic for anyone to share a poem, song, story, or other form of expression.
Join us at the Expo Center at 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807, on December 4th & 5th! Follow our Facebook event for more details.
Full length poetry collection, Pocketing Feathers, by J.D. Isip. 108 pages, perfect bound, with cover art by Josephine Durkin is now available through Sadie Girl Press Bookstore and MADE by Millworks in Long Beach.
“In Pocketing Feathers, J.D. Isip takes an elegance I can only say is equaled by Whitman and created a complete photo album of his life in, sometimes, Bukowski-esque bare-knuckle terms. His ideas are complete and the music his words create when read aloud is its own, multi-genre soundtrack. I am amazed at the heart of light even in his most painful memories. Isip does not pull punches. He does not write for shock value. The last thing this gentleman is looking for is pity. No, Pocketing Feathers is an honest look into a tumultuous life where self-discovery has its own, unique jazz and growing pains.”
—Clifford Brooks, Pulitzer-nominated author of The Draw of Broken Eyes & Whirling Metaphysics
Full length collection Cadence Collective: Year Two Anthology covers the best poetry featured on the website, CadenceCollective.net, between August 2014 and July 2015. Like Year One, all the poets in this anthology are connected to the Greater Long Beach, California area. 27 opinionated readers selected the 147 poems from the 71 different poets. Edited by Sarah Thursday and assistant editors, Raquel Reyes-Lopez and Terry Ann Wright. Includes artwork by Esmeralda Villalobos and yearbook portraits by Fernando Gallegos. Available through Sadie Girl Press Bookstore and MADE by Millworks in Long Beach.
J.D. Isip is a Professor of English at Collin College in Plano, Texas and the Editor of the online literary journal, Ishaan Literary Review. His poetry, plays, short fiction, and academic works have appeared in several print and online journals and reviews, including Cadence Collective: Year One and Year Two. His composition book, This is Writing: A Conceptual Guide to College Writing, is available from Fountainhead Press. His first full-length poetry collection, Pocketing Feathers, is now available on Sadie Girl Press. Check out J.D.’s work as an Editor at IshaanLiteraryReview.com. You can follow J.D. on Twitter @ProfJDIsip.
Chapbook of poetry and full-color art, Watermarked, by Kelsey Bryan-Zwick. 44 pages, full-color, perfect bound. Available through Sadie Girl Press Bookstore.
“To read Kelsey Bryan-Zwick’s poems is to step aboard a bullet train, put on the poet’s kaleidoscope glasses, and see her images flashing by like countryside outside the train windows. Here, in stunning language, are poems of thoughtful introspection and reminiscence, little biographies and travelogues, musings touched with wit and whimsy. In “Synthesis”, the poet would go so far as to weave my hair into a nest/ with twig and olive branch… Likewise, her poems are woven with magic and grit, insight and light.” ~ Ricki Mandeville, author of A Thin Stand of Lights
Fernando Gallegos is a Long Beach artist born and raised. He is heavily inspired by the human form and always searching to evoke the feeling of movement and emotion. He loves the power of the brain, to take a simple stroke of color on paper and piece it together to an image with depth and feeling. He has illustrated many projects for Sadie Girl Press including the entire yearbook sections of Cadence Collective Anthology: Year One and Year Two, the cover of The Unnamed Algorithm, the cover and illustrations for bar napkins for beginners and The Language I Was Broken In: a Sadie Girl Press Sampler. He has also contributed art and poetry to our sister press, Lucid Moose Lit, in the anthologies Gutters & Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle, Like A Girl: The Pre-Show! (as cover artist), Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity and Then & Now:Conversations with Old Friends. Find more info and keep updated at: facebook\fernando.gallegos.lbc and instagram\@fgraphix.
Terry Ann Wright recently received her master’s degree from Goddard College, a progressive school that emphasizes community activism and democratic education. She has written and published poetry exclusively for the last fifteen years, receiving two nominations for the Pushcart Prize in the process. She spends her days ridding the world of comma splices, and nights planning food-based road trips and sometimes writing. Her poetry has appeared most recently in the journals Carnival, East Jasmine Review, Cadence Collective, and in the anthologies Cadence Collective: Year One and Year Two, Gutters & Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle, Like A Girl: The Pre-Show!, Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity, and Then & Now:Conversations with Old Friends. Her first chapbook, Nature Studies, is available from Sadie Girl Press.
Photo by Tatum Christine
Kelsey Bryan-Zwick is a poet, a bookbinder, and an artist from Long Beach, CA. As a child she lived in Spain where she fell in love with the smell of fresh bread, green olives, and learned to speak Spanish. At UCSC she received a B.A. in Literature/Creative Writing-Poetry. Kelsey participated in Write Bloody Publishing’s Dirty Dozen Workshop and is a recent Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poems appear in A Poet Is A Poet, No Matter How Tall: EPISODE II Attack of the Poems, East Jasmine Review, Like a Girl: The Pre-Show! and Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity and Development, The Camel Saloon, and both Cadence Collective Anthology: Year One and Year Two, and Then & Now: Conversations with Old Friends. Kelsey’s first chapbook, Watches Synchronized To Awestruck, is hand-bound by the poet. Her second chapbook, Watermarked, is available from Sade Girl Press. Read samples of her work on Cadence Collective.