A reading by Dos Madres Press poets Grace Curtis, Norman Finkelstein, Gerry Grubbs, Richard Hague and Pauletta Hansel.
Grace Curtis’ book, The Shape of a Box, was published in 2014 by Dos Madres Press. Her chapbook, The Surly Bonds of Earth, was selected by Stephen Dunn as the 2010 winner of the Lettre Sauvage chapbook contest, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart award. Her prose and poetry has been or is forthcoming in such journals as Sou’wester, The Baltimore Review, Waccamaw Literary Journal, Blood Orange Review, and others. Norman Finkelstein is a poet, critic, and Professor of English at Xavier University. He has written extensively on modern poetry and Jewish American literature. His most recent critical book is On Mount Vision: Forms of the Sacred In Contemporary American Poetry (Iowa, 2010); his newest book of poetry is The Ratio of Reason to Magic: New and Selected Poems (Dos Madres, 2016). He is at work on a book of essays, tentatively titled Like a Dark Rabbi: Modern Poetry & the Jewish Literary Imagination. Gerry Grubbs is an attorney who practices law in Cincinnati. He has had poems appear in numerous literary magazines and reviews. Dos Madres Press has just released his fourth collection with the press, The Palace of Flowers. His previous collection, The Hive is a Book We Read for its Honey, was a finalist for the Ohioana Library poetry book of the year, 2015. He conducts workshops under the names “Wordshop” and “Bringing More Creativity to Your Practice.”
Richard Hague is author of seventeen collections of prose and poetry, most recently Beasts, River, Drunk Men, Garden, Burst, & Light (Dos Madres Press.) He is editor of two recent anthologies, Quarried: Three Decades of Pine Mt. Sand & Gravel, and Realms of the Mothers: The First Decade of Dos Madres Press. Winner of Ohio Co-Poet of the Year, the Appalachian Poetry Book of the Year and the Weatherford Award in Poetry, he is Writer-in-Residence at Thomas More College.
Pauletta Hansel was recently named Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate. Her poems and prose have been featured in journals including Atlanta Review, Talisman, and Still: The Journal, and on TheWriter’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry. She is author of five poetry collections including Tangle (Dos Madres Press, 2015.) Pauletta is managing editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative.
Dos Madres Press is an Ohio-based press, dedicated to the belief that the small press is essential to the vitality of contemporary literature as a carrier of the new voice, as well as the older, sometimes forgotten voices of the past. In 2016 they published Realms of the Mothers: The First Decade of Dos Madres Press featuring writing from 95 books and 68 poets. Anthology editor Richard Hague says of the poets’ work: “The diversity of theme, subject, form, diction, and speaker echoes what I, a former collector of beetles, loved about the insect order Coleoptera: a tremendous range of size, structure, color, habitat, life cycle…“ Dos Madres Press received support for this project from both the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsWave.