The Language You Broke Me In: A Sadie Girl Sampler is a 36 page collection of poetry by poets published or soon-to-be published by Sadie Girl Press. Available in a limited edition, hand-stitched binding version. Includes previous and upcoming poets, Nancy Lynée Woo, Sarah Thursday, Raquel Reyes-Lopez, Graham Smith, JL Martindale, Daniel McGinn, Kelsey Bryan-Zwick, and Terry Ann Wright. Illustrated by frequent Sadie Girl Press artist, Fernando Gallegos. Limited editions available through Sadie Girl Press Bookstore and MADE by Millworks in Long Beach.
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.
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.
Special limited edition release chapbook and spoken word CD, The Bottle & The Boot, by JL Martindale & Daniel McGinn. 28 pages, stapled and folded, with spoken word CD. Music performed and written by BobKat, produced by Blacksheep Music Productions. Available for a limited time through Sadie Girl Press Bookstore and MADE by Millworks in Long Beach.
“The Bottle & The Boot is an amazing collaboration between two very talented poets. It moves between collaborative poems, with the poets alternating lines, all based on the phrase “sometimes I breathe,” and single-author poems which utilize shared imagery. Therefore, certain images repeat throughout, breath and breathing of course, but also moths, the moon, weeds and an empty bottle (or a bottle in the process of being emptied). This provides a unity to the overall work, but each time the images are put to different uses, given different significance and meaning.” -G. Murray Thomas
Debut chapbook of haiku, bar napkins for beginners, by Graham Smith, illustrated by Fernando Gallegos. 32 pages, perfect bound with full-color illustrations. Available through Sadie Girl Press Bookstore .View sample poems on CadenceCollective.net.
“Graham Smith not only explores the complicated beauty of the human character, he delves into the tangled history of humanity itself. From cave paintings on torchlight walls, to the disasters and triumphs still fresh in some of our own memories, he weaves it all together with line after exquisite line, producing an absolute delight of a book.” -Elder Zamora
Graham Smith is an ancient rhymer whose history is shrouded in the mists of time. He may have moved to Long Beach under the cover of a marine layer. Allegedly a former lawyer, he has an affinity for brief poetry. He and his stout companions have been known to frequent coastal taverns, where he sometimes writes three line poems on bar napkins. His work can be found in the anthologies Cadence Collective: Year One and Year Two, and in Gutters & Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle. Find more at napkinsinashoebox.com.
Debut chapbook, Born to Electrify, by Raquel Reyes-Lopez. Cover art by Esmeralda Villalobos. 45 pages, perfect bound, available through Sadie Girl Press Bookstore and MADE by Millworks in Long Beach.View sample poems on CadenceCollective.net.
“Raquel Reyes-Lopez uses fragile imagery like eyelashes and hummingbirds to discuss issues of being a woman — love, motherhood, miscarriage. But these are not fragile poems, they are strong and brave words. Reyes-Lopez is a powerful new voice in SoCal poetry.” -G. Murray Thomas
Unanchored is a poetry chapbook by Sarah Thursday. It was the first one made after a 12-year hiatus. 27 pages, perfect bound. Cover art by Esmeralda Villalobos. View sample poems at SarahThursday.com. Available through Sadie Girl Press Bookstore and MADE by Millworks in Long Beach.
“Sarah, with a Picasso heart, is a woman who counts kisses as currency. She’s old enough to know the politics behind buying a bed that’s big enough for two; she speaks from the heart and chooses to write love poems anyway.” -Daniel McGinn, 1000 Black Umbrellas
Rampant is the debut chapbook by Nancy Lynée Woo. 22 pages, perfect bound, with cover art by Fernando Gallegos. Her first chapbook of poetry performs an exploration of cultural identity, the nature of love, and the anxiety of existence in a range of poetic forms.
“I’ve been told Nancy writes poems.” -Anonymous