We're full up here at Bear Star--with all the too much we're still feeding on after Thanksgiving, and with a pile of delectable manuscripts to finish reading over the next several weeks. Thank you to everyone who submitted! We'll let you know as soon as we have a winner. Meanwhile, we simply can't stop laughing at this.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Iota Press in Sebastopol, California, recently extended the PL of Bear Star friend and (and occasional cover designer: The Solipsist & Living Again) Lyn Dillin, just in time for her to create many wonderful letterpress poems at his shop. Yes, there was a test, which I am unfortunately not at liberty to share. You may, however, check out Lyn's creations here.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Heading to Burning Man this year? Worried you might run out of things to read? Then hie thee down to 5 and Desiderata on the playa. There you will find Library California, whose motto is You can check out books any time you like, but they must never be returned. Bear Star won't be there in the fur--Bearnice is hot enough already inside her sunburst--but we're shipping off a big box of poetry for your enjoyment. Visit often. The inventory changes every day. Thanks to Barbara Alderson for making this opportunity possible. She also took the photo below.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Thanks to Late Night Library for running this excellent interview with Dennis Johnson of Melville House, one of my favorite small presses, in which he talks about why Amazon is bad for literary culture in general. He also discusses the recent DOJ case against Apple and why it was completely wrongheaded.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Bear Star Press is very pleased to announce that Josh Booton
of Portland, Oregon, has won the 2013 Dorothy Brunsman
Poetry Prize for his manuscript, The Union of Geometry and
Ash. His book will be published in September 2013. Born and
raised in Portland, he is a graduate of the Michener Center for
Writers at The University of Texas at Austin, where he was
awarded the 2011 Keene Prize in Literature. His poems have
appeared in The Missouri Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poetry
Northwest, Iron Horse Literary Review, Raleigh Review and elsewhere.
He works as a speech therapist in an adult rehab hospital.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
In the spirit of the day, I want express my gratitude to all of you who have helped make this past year at Bear Star an especially wonderful one.
First, big thanks to Rhonda Smith, my wizard of a neighbor, for recently changing the web site over to PayPal from CCNOW (which is going out of business at the end of the year). She says it was easy, but I know it took time away from other things she could have been doing. Rhonda also does every other kind of site update the Bear requires, and I'm very grateful. It's a wonderful thing to live so far from town but have help so close at hand.
I'd also like to thank the reviewers who have been kind enough to take a look at the books here and say some things, often very kind things, about them.
Thanks, too, to the awards committee for the Washington State Book Award for choosing Woodnote as the 2012 poetry winner. I couldn't be more pleased.
Thanks go out to several professors who assigned Bear Star books to their students this year and in years past. That really helps the ol' bottom line!
Thanks to the organizers of Butte College's Wordfire conference, which gave me a chance last spring to speak to students about publishing, and to the English Graduate Student Council at Chico State for inviting me to do the same.
Thanks, Deborah Woodard and Joanne Allred, for your assistance in reading finalists and determining the annual winner for The Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize. I so value your time and attention.
Thank you, Bear Stars, for writing books that have been such a pleasure to read and edit and design. You folks are of course the linchpins of this entire enterprise.
Gracias to my parents for their support and encouragement, and to my husband of almost 30 years, Antoine Baptiste, for putting up with a wife who spends nearly all her time reading.
Finally, thanks to those of you who have bought and read books by the poets here and to those writers among you who have submitted mss. to the contest. This place runs on love, but your dollars help pay the printing bills. Bear Star couldn't exist without you.
(Photo: Ivan, the resident sled dog here at Bear Star Press. Tony and I are very grateful to his former owners for letting us have him when they were no longer able to give him the time he needed.)
Friday, September 7, 2012
Congratulations to Christine Deavel! Her debut book of poems Woodnote has won the WSBA. We here at Bear Star could not be more proud and pleased.
Check her book page for some links to interviews with Christine as well as reviews of Woodnote. Here's a short excerpt from an interview that Rigoberto Gonzalez posted on the NBCC blog. In it, Christine talks about writing her book and about writing in general.
Much of Woodnote comes out of an Indiana landscape, but I think it may have taken my moving to the Pacific Northwest, with its gorgeous and frightening extremes of mountain and ocean, for me to see Indiana, my hometown, more clearly.
I don’t think I have concerns when I write – I just am. I bring my weather with me wherever I go. Sometimes it washes clean what’s around me, other times it’s all fog. Both make for poetry for me. What I want/need/seek is to be as present as possible in whatever landscape, whatever weather. I want to know where I was and that I was there, that I was in and of the world.