Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
I remember how I first discovered poetry. At about seven, I chanced upon Langston Hughes' Dreams. I don’t recall that I had yet begun to dream dreams, but I understood the power of a dream having just read King’s Dream speech from a volume of the Negro Heritage Library my Nana had given me. I looked out of my bedroom window at the frozen New Jersey landscape. I knew that when I began to dream dreams, I would hold fast. . .
. . .As I prepare for the release of my debut collection of poetry, Psalm of the Sunflower, it is apropos that, I again think about discovery and identity through poetry. All grown-up now, a woman in the South for the better part of thirty years, I have measured myself by what are sometimes very strict and conservative social mores. A failed marriage and the resulting single parenthood was a painful induction into a realm of unreturned phone calls, un-invitations and social anonymity. It was cause for prayer and the cause of poverty. However, my divorce after fifteen years of marriage and three kids, created an opportunity not to recreate myself, but to self-actualize – to, as Walcott would say, “love again the stranger who was your self.” Writing the book showed me again that poetry could tell me the whole, unabridged truth about the world, about me and about me in the world. My poetry taught me to dream dreams. And, as I learned so long ago, "to hold fast."
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I would venture to add one more reason, but one that does not have to be inevitable for the stores that remain. As an independent publisher in business 10 years, I can attest to the poor treatment I and my colleagues have received from some independent stores. Perhaps it's the perception that "local" can't possibly be good enough to endorse, so stores spend thousands to bring in a famous author from somewhere else for programs. This situation is doubly difficult for local publishers carrying quality literary titles by multicultural authors. While of course no store can take on every book prospect that comes through their doors, there are many award-winning authors from within that store's very own community (with impeccable credentials and a a strong public following) who get ignored.
It is my belief that a connection with the surrounding community is important, and that is directly tied to supporting talented authors within that community. This support also stabilizes the local economy. Perhaps independent stores will be more open to this idea as we move into the future.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
We are always searching for new ways to extend our reach into cyberspace, and our new Technorati page will go a long way in helping Aquarius Press achieve that goal. Click on the link above, and you will travel to our profile page. While it's still under construction, we will be adding features as we go along. It's a challenge keeping up with the myriad options available, but it's exciting to see how blogging technology has evolved just in the past year alone. Another great feature is the ability to post videos (mainly acquired through YouTube) on Technorati where it increases viewership exponentially. Look for our author features there soon.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
"There are more of us than there are of them." These words, spoken by my friend and fellow author Sylvia McClain, is very inspiring and true. She was referring to the traditional book reading public. This current generation was raised on books, before the new digital technologies burst on the scene. In other words, there are still countless numbers of people who like to hold books in their hands. As a publisher, Aquarius Press is ready and able to meet both print demand as well as digital demand for the new age, but it's nice to know there are others out there who still prefer to flip the pages of a book on a rainy afternoon.