“CROSS-STROKES” cracks the SPD best-seller list

Small Press Distribution has just released its list of its top 20 best-selling books in February, 2016. Neeli Cherkovski and I are pleased to note that our anthology, “CROSS-STROKES: Poetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco,” is listed at number 11. It equally pleases me to report that Douglas Kearney’s “SOMEONE TOOK THEY TONGUES” (Subito Press) is at the top of the list. Douglas was one of the instructors at my CSU Summer Arts program at Monterey Bay this past summer, and he did a fantastic job of inspiring the students. Anyone who has a chance to hear him read his poems should hurry to get a front-row seat.

“Cross-Strokes: Poetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco is the first anthology to examine the movement of poets up and down the West Coast after World War II. This volumes gathers over two dozen representative figures who exemplify the overlooked intermingling of a pair of feisty scenes. In revealing new layers of mutual influences, Cross-Strokes traces the restless poetics that epitomizes the small press movement in California.” — Bill Mohr, editor The Streets Inside: Ten Los Angeles Poets and “Poetry Loves Poetry”

Neeli Cherkovski is an internationally known poet and literary chronicler. His most recent poetry collection is The Crow and I. He is currently completing his memoirs.

Bill Mohr is a poet and literary historian who teaches at CSU Long Beach; his most recent book is a bi-lingual collection of poems, Pruebas Ocultas (Bonobos Editores, 2016).

February 2016
1. Someone Took They Tongues by Douglas Kearney (Subito Press)
2. Emergency Brake by Ruth Madievsky (Tavern Books)
3. Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night by Morgan Parker (Switchback Books)
4. A Crown for Gumecindo by Laurie Ann Guerrero (Aztlan Libre Press)
5. The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa by Chika Sagawa (Canarium Books)
6. Benediction by Alice Notley (Letter Machine Editions)
7. Only Love Can Bring You Peace: Selected Lyrics (1990-2014) by Simon Joyner (Magic Helicopter Press)
8. Poem Without Suffering by Josef Kaplan (Wonder)
9. Evening Oracle by Brandon Shimoda (Letter Machine Editions)
10. The Absence of Knowing by Matthew Henriksen (Black Ocean)
11. Cross Strokes: Poetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco by Bill Mohr and Neeli Cherkovski, eds.
(Otis Books | Seismicity Editions)
12. Fearful Beloved by Khadijah Queen (Argos Books)
13. Poems by Gerard Legro by Jerrold Levy and Richard Negro (BookThug)
14. Seaglass Picnic by Frances Driscoll (Pleasure Boat Studio)
15. Farther Traveler by Ronaldo V. Wilson (Counterpath Press)
16. Shipbreaking by Robin Beth Schaer (Anhinga Press)
17. Solar Maximum by Sueyeun Juliette Lee (Futurepoem Books)
18. Literature for Nonhumans by Gabriel Gudding (Ahsahta Press)
19. Let’s Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno by Ed Pavlić (Fence Books)
20. Modern Love & Other Myths by Joyce Sutphen (Red Dragonfly Press)

For more information about CROSS-STROKES, write William.BillMohr@gmail.com


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