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About small presses and journals

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reading at the beach

Beach weather is here at last in Maine. After the harsh, protracted winter we had, we’re basking in it.
I’ve been thinking about small poetry presses and literary journals in Maine, and how hard/expensive it is to keep one going. Wonderful ones that are now defunct include Animus, from east to west, Monkey’s Fist and Wolf Moon Press Journal. Brave journals that persist: CafĂ© Review, Off the Coast, Beloit Poetry Journal, The New Guard Review, the Aurorean. (Forgive me if I am leaving any out.) Poetry presses in Maine that I know of: Alice James Books, North Country Press, Deerbrook Editions, Islandport Press. (And of course Moon Pie Press, going strong in year 11!) Talk about a labor of love. I’ve fantasized about having a journal, but it’s way too much work to juggle that and a press, and I’m happy to keep publishing poetry books now that I’ve finally figured out how to break even every year. I love doing it and am about to start working on book #80. Hope you will support small presses and journals by buying their books and magazines once in a while.


Two anniversaries to celebrate

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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.