Friday, May 13, 2011

Carolyn Howard-Johnson - guest blogger on poetry chapbooks

Poets Help You Celebrate Mothers and Fathers this Spring--Inexpensively

I always love to report something a little different and I think award-winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball have done it with chapbooks of poetry that can substitute for greeting cards for two important spring holidays—Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

The two women have never met. In fact they live on different continents. But that hasn't stopped them from collaborating on a series of poetry chapbooks designed to replace trite greeting cards with real sentiment. With their 'celebration series', the two have developed a new concept for inexpensive holiday gifts. They range from only $6.95 to $12.95.

The chapbooks for Mother’s Day is She Wore Emerald Then (for mothers on your gift list) with photographs by May Lattanzio, and the one for Father’s Day is Imagining the Future: Rumination on Fathers and Other Masculine Apparitions with photographs by May Lattanzio.

Also in the series is Cherished Pulse (for anyone you love) with artwork from California artist Vicki Thomas and Blooming Red: Christmas Poetry for the Rational.

The small books, a tradition in the poetry world since itinerant vendors roams the country side selling their wares in Elizabethan times. They often sold or gave away their little books filled with their own songs, poems, and wares.

Now these poets' collaborations can all be purchased for Kindle or other digital readers on the high profile site so they can be read in over nine digital formats on any computer or portable reading device anywhere in the world. This is quite a revolution for both authors, both of whom started their writing careers when the latest technology was a typewriter and carbon paper for copies.

Magdalena Ball runs the highly respected review site. She is the author of the poetry book Repulsion Thrust, which was published to unanimous 5-star reviews. Her novel Sleep Before Evening, published in 2007, was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings, was given the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer and instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

For more information on any of the chapbooks in this poetry series, contact either of the authors or visit media rooms or Magdalena Ball's site.

Reviews of all these books may be read here.

Carolyn blogs resources for writers at Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites pick and lots of editing tips.

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Karen Cioffi said...

Carolyn, these poetry books sound wonderful, and are perfect gifts.

I haven't taken advantage of Smashwords yet, but I will get to it over the summer . . . hopefully.

elysabeth said...

Karen, thanks for stopping by - I believe Carolyn is still out of town and all. I too haven't done the smashwords thing yet either. My friend who just published her book last week (approved and all from createspace) and has already done the smashwords and Kindle - so her book is out there and she's had about 10 actual sales in the past week. So it's a matter of getting your stuff out there in all the ways you can - E :)

Magdalena Ball said...

Thanks so much for posting this Elysabeth. Carolyn is just the most amazing collaborator. We've also got a new book in the final proofing stages called Deeper into the Pond - a celebration of femininity. More on that very soon!

kathy stemke said...

i love Carolyn and Maggie's poetry.

kathy stemke said...

i love Carolyn and Maggie's poetry.

Anonymous said...

Carolyn is a multi-talented individual. She also wrote The Frugal Editor and The Frugal Book Promoter among others. These books can be found on Amazon.

Donna M. McDine said...

I have to look into Smashwords myself. So much to do, too bad there isn't more than 24 hours in a day.

Carolyn and wishes to you both.