My first chapbook of poetry, Sulfur Water, will be released by Hyacinth Girl Press this summer.
There is a long and detailed account of its collaborative nature on their website: http://hyacinthgirlpress.com/
For now, I want to tell you about the press and its editor, who has played a very important role in my life over the course of the production of the poems in this chapbook.
HGP is run by one of my oldest friends and my most significant artistic collaborator, Margaret Bashaar. In my opinion, she is one of the most important poets and editors working today. Her aspirations, spiritually and artistically, are deep communion and enlightened collision. In her writing, she revels in pain and the terror of transformation, and for this reason, she is inherently revolutionary–deeply mad and at home pushing against barbed fences. Throughout our work together, she and I have bore witness to and brought into the world some potent moments of harsh beauty and luminous devastation. We’ve cracked one another more than once. I would trust no one else to give birth to my first print collection.
“Hyacinth Girl Press is a micro-press that publishes up to 6 poetry chapbooks each year. We specialize in handmade books of smaller press runs. We consider ourselves a feminist press and are particularly interested in manuscripts dealing with topics such as radical spiritual experiences, creation/interpretation of myth through a feminist lens, and science. We think outerspace, in particular, is pretty darn cool.
We also love collaboration – collaboration between poets, collaboration between a poet and other artist type, poetry in translation, collaboration with other presses. Interpret this liberally. Try us.
While we are interested in poetry that deals with the otherworldly, we are not interested in being preached to. The ultimate goal of Hyacinth Girl Press is to bring feminism, mysticism, and scientific inquiry together with awesome poetry.”