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Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, WashingtonEarly in 2015, Luther Allen (Other Mind Press) started talking about publishing a poetry anthology and asked me if I would co-edit. The poets would have previous publication credits or a strong presence in the local poetry community, and would have lived or made poetry in Whatcom County, Washington, for some period within the last five years.

In early June, invitations went out to about 105 poets, inviting them to submit three of their best recent poems, previously published or not. By mid-July we had submissions from 101 poets.

The collection seemed to call for a title with local resonance, and we chose Noisy Water, which is the translation of the Lummi word Xwotʼqom, from which Whatcom is derived. The wonderful photographer Joe Meche, known particularly for his photographs of birds, agreed to let us use one of his photos of Whatcom Falls on the cover.

We recruited the talented poet (and saxophone player) Ellie A. Rogers as designer (a very smart move) and we contracted with the ever-accommodating Threshold Documents to do the printing.

And then we did about a thousand other little things and suddenly Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington, is off the press and in our hands! Very exciting.

We have scheduled a series of readings throughout the county, starting in December and running into April. In early December, Noisy Water will be available online (and in person) at Village Books in Bellingham. See more on the Noisy Water web page.

Nothing to it.

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3 responses to “off the press!

  1. elizabethkerwin November 21, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Congratulations! I love the title, and am excited to purchase our copy for Turtle Haven….. Love to you both, Elizabeth

  2. Pat Hunt November 25, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Congratulations to you both!!!

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