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Maine – Talentland

AfternoonInWonderland Brooking

It’s a truism that Maine is overflowing with talented people – writers, artists, musicians, creative types of all kinds. One of the delights of publishing poetry books in Maine is using art and photos by people I know whose work I love, often the poets themselves, on book covers. For me, showcasing both poetry and art in an alluring package is one of the most fun parts of publishing. Feast your eyes on some examples on our website: covers by Ruth Bookey, Ellen Taylor, Mike Albert, Nancy Henry, and Donna Asmussen, to name a few. (This picture is called “Afternoon in Wonderland” by Westbrook artist Mary Brooking, whose paintings enliven the covers of Jack McCarthy’s beautiful book ALMOST A REMEMBRANCE.) Quite a few MPP poets have musical talent, too. We are close to releasing a book by Maine’s own inimitable Stan Keach, a “triple threat” poet, musician and artist who illustrated his upcoming book NOTHING IS REAL (more details about this soon). I am grateful that I will never run out of excellent poetry to publish, or wonderful art for covers.

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Two anniversaries to celebrate

book cupcakes

hopper Two Lights painting

This month marks 30 years since I moved to Maine. In August 1983 I moved here from Boston to go to law school, and I’ve never left. I grew up in the Army and also moved around a lot as a young adult – attending college and grad school, for example, in California, Oregon and Wisconsin. I never thought I would stay in one place this long, but I feel very at home in Maine. I love the four seasons, the landscape, the ocean, the low crime and relative lack of traffic and congestion. And the people. So many creative and artistic types are Mainers or drawn to the state.
This month I am also celebrating ten years of Moon Pie Press, and the birth of 72 books of poetry. Last Saturday night we had a party, which included distinguished Moon Pie Press poets and supporters such as Bruce Spang, Mike Albert, Betsy Sholl, Baron Wormser, Steve Luttrell, Martin Steingesser, Marita O’Neill and Duff Plunkett, and many more. I enjoy finding and publishing quality poetry books so much. I hope to do it for at LEAST another ten years.
It has been a joy and a privilege to publish the fine work of so many poets from Maine and other places.