Tremendous thanks to Kelli Russell Agodon, the graphic designer and co-editor for Two Sylvias Press, who let me take much more time than we anticipated with generating ideas. In between her adventures and the promotion of her own new beautiful book, Hourglass Museum, she gave me space while going through the end of a particularly rough quarter and Boards, to breathe and regroup. During this time, the thought of using red pulled from Michael's art as the color of the title popped into my mind. Kelli added to this by playing with my name in white to make it appear as a cloud above the sea. When we started, I had no idea how my book would look and I can say that I am over the moon thrilled with the way this turned out. Also, the wrap-around sea just tickles me.
Enormous thanks to the other Sylvia, Annette Spaulding-Convy, who has been reading and re-reading my book with the attention that only a former Latin/English teacher can. Annette is the kind of editor/writer who notices the small details. If there's a comma out of place or a word that might better suit my meaning, Annette is going to help me find it. Annette is also one of my favorite contemporary poets. Her first book, In Broken Latin, placed in the Miller Williams Poetry Prize by the University of Arkansas Press. So, when she asked me this January (on my birthday) if I'd ever consider having my work published by Two Sylvias, it was an emphatic, "Yes!"
Together this group of artists has helped me achieve something I have dreamed of, but never knew quite how to realize. There are more to thank…but that shall come in further posts. For today, I'd like to concentrate on this trio. What a thrill to have these three literary and visual artists, whom I deeply respect, infusing my first collection with such thoughtfulness, creativity, and attention. Thank you!