Thanks to Harrison Kohler and the Concho River Review for this thoughtful and positive review of Like That, by Sybil Estess...
Thanks to Texas Books in Review for running Caitlin McCrory's wonderful review of The Cowtown Circle...
Alamo Bay Press is delighted to announce the release of Art Stronger Than Hate!, by world-renowned artist Issa Nyaphaga.
Art Stronger Than Hate! is a provocative, color cartoon book that offers a visual commentary on our current political, social, and economic world, arguing for Free Speech rather than Hate Speech. Art Stronger Than Hate! is evidence that art can save lives and inspire the human spirit.
Author Issa Nyaphaga is a multimedia artist and human rights activist based in the U.S. He is globally known as a political cartoonist and a critical thinker who has collaborated with many well-known and established artists and institutions around the world. Back in the 1990's in his home country of Cameroon, Issa published over five thousand cartoons, drawings, illustrations, graphic novels and comics, reaching five million readers—many of whom are marginalized and illiterate. A contributing cartoonist for Charlie Hebdo in the late ‘90s in Paris, Issa was one of the four artists who spoke at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 6, 2015, addressing the issue of freedom of artistic expression.
Issa divides his time between Cameroon, France and the United States, where he mentors young artists and shares his work with the world. He now lives in Santa Fe, teaching at the community college and at the Tarnoff Art Center.
Art Stronger Than Hate!
by Issa Nyaphaga
ABP received a pair of great reviews for Dave Oliphant's The Cowtown Circle and for Sybil Estess's Like That. By Roberto Bonazzi, published in the San Antonio Express-News....
Alamo Bay Press is very proud to release The Cowtown Circle, Dave Oliphant’s 13th book of poetry.
The poems in The Cowtown Circle are diverse and wide-ranging, dealing with nature, topical issues, and the imprisonment of captured WWII German soldiers in Hearne, Texas, to a section of María Poems (a series devoted to Dave’s wife, begun in 1976) and to sections on grandchildren and a visit to New York City, on music (classical, jazz, and Indian), and on U.S. Presidents. The title of the book refers to a group of modernist artists active in Ft. Worth, Texas (a city known as "cowtown" for its stockyards), during the Second World War.
Dave says he was influenced by many things during the writing of the book. “Whatever moved me at the time, my wife frequently, but also books that I had read—one entitled Lone Star Stalag—people I knew or had known, scenes that I saw, artwork that I came across, and music I heard…The title poem on artists in the city where I was born demonstrates the source for writing in one’s own environment, and the poems on my wife illustrate how the nearest source can be at home.”
Dave Oliphant taught and/or edited a scholarly journal at the University of Texas at Austin from 1976 to 2006. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, he won the TIL's 2011 Soeurette Diehl Fraser book translation award for his version of Chilean poet Nicanor Parra's Discursos de sobremesa (as After-Dinner Declarations). A second edition of his translation of a collection of poems by Chilean Enrique Lihn, entitled Figures of Speech, is forthcoming in 2015 from Host Publications. His series of poems entitled Memories of Texas Towns & Cities (begun in 1975 and completed in 2000) includes a 140-page poem on Austin that Michael King reported in The Texas Observer "takes its place. . . as a long poem in a modernist mode which makes an enduring contribution to the literature of its place, time, and country. And that's a great deal for any city to be proud of."
The Cowtown Circle
by Dave Oliphant
Alamo Bay Press is very happy to announce the release of Janie’s Garden, a collection of poetry from the 2014 Alamo Bay Writers’ Workshop, which met in Seadrift, Texas.
“It’s a collection of work directly inspired by its setting,” says editor Lowell Mick White. “The workshop participants were meeting in a beautiful garden right on the edge of the bay, and what they experienced there, of course, found its way into their poems.”
Featured poets include Dorothy Barnett, Linda Caplin, Linda Dane, Graciela Fleming, Gina Harlow, Julie J. Johnson-Jones, Diane Kramer, Kathryn Lane, Barbara Williams Lewis, Bob Lindsey, Jay Minton, Aubrey Parker, Sophie Rousmaniere, Hazel Ward, and Janie Waghorne—the Janie of Janie’s Garden.
The workshop was led by Lee Meitzen Grue, who writes of the setting, “Surrounded by water, this is rich earth for growing flowers and is a fitting tribute. The garden has become a comfortable work of art like a painting you love and live with for a long time.”
“A poem about gardens is more than a book about gardens,” says Diane Wilson in the book’s introduction. “It’s a poem about the state of one’s soul and the poems in Janie’s Garden book are good indicators of the authors’ souls. At least I think so, but don’t sue me.”
Introduction by Diane Wilson
Edited by Lowell Mick White
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