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In 1993 Kate Hitt began Many Names Press for letterpress and offset print production specializing in graphic design for fine press books. The press addresses artistic, social, economic and environmental issues through award-winning, limited edition books of lasting quality.

 


Lauren Crux
DIFFICULT BEAUTY
Rambles, Rants and Intimate Conversations

ISBN: 978-1-944497-08-8
Poetry, epistolaries, photography, abstract prints, LGBTQ
Book and cover design by Victoria May
Library of Congress Control Number: 2022951315
166 pp. 66 full color photographs by Lauren Crux
6" x 9", Paperback
Many Names Press, Feb.2023
Price (U.S.) $25.00


Lauren Crux in Difficult Beauty writes short, deceptively simple contemplations in poetic prose, that embrace the full complexity of human experience, from the routine day-to-day to the often shockingly unexpected. And she does it with wit, grace, intelligence, humor, and a clear love of life.

Her photographic images, usually abstract, often sensual, sometimes just odd, are never illustrations. Instead, they engage us in an intimate conversation with her words, just as her words are in an intimate conversation with us her readers. Ever observant, curious, always caring, she asks: Are you out there, and how is it going?

Difficult Beauty is an exquisite work of wonder, balancing intimacy with openness, artistry with colloquial thought and speech. Crux‘s work is both vast and singular, intelligent and playful. —Camille Dungy, author of Soil: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden; and Trophic Cascade

Difficult Beauty is a rare gem, the perfect amalgam of the visual and the verbal, a sublime pairing that satisfies the eye, the ear, and the heart. —Gary Young, author of Even So: New and Selected Poems and That’s What I Thought





62

Last night I asked my dreams for help.
I dreamt a bunch of chickens were stabbing
at a banana peel to get to the fruit inside.

Sometimes dreams can be so mean.

If I lose sight of the shore, if a fire rages
uncontrolled, if I forget that I will never
figure out how to live, what then do I need
to know to live?

Years ago at a local Irish pub, I went to the bar
for a glass of water. There was a rough-edged man,
drunk and a bit crazy, sitting there talking to his
voices. As I stood next to him he turned to me
and growled, I just don’t know, I just don’t know.
With a clarity and compassion that surprised us both,
I looked at him and said, I just don’t know either.

—Lauren Crux

Difficult Beauty: Rambles, Rants and Intimate Conversations
Crux, Lauren




Jerry Martien
INFRASTRUCTURE,
Dreams, Divinations & Dispatches from the Underground

2nd Edition
ISBN: 978-1-944497-06-4
Poetry
Cover design by Annie Reid
Library of Congress Control Number: 2022946849
142 pages, 6" x 9", Paperback
Many Names Press, Oct. 2022
Price (U.S.) $18.00

Jerry Martien, author of more than eight books, poet and writer, teacher, carpenter, and watershed citizen, works on behalf of thriving forests, abundant rivers, and healthy communities on the Humboldt Bay in northern California. He grew up in rural 1950’s southern California, attended the new UC Riverside, studied for his doctorate at Rutgers, then taught English at Washington University in St. Louis. In 1970 he left academia and moved to back to California with his wife and two young sons to become part of Humboldt County’s cultural and political changes, embracing new models of living and schooling, and the active defense of forests, rivers, and native culture.

This is the infrastructure of a poet’s life. A kid in love reading to his first-grade teacher. An old man walking with friends in an Oregon forest. A carpenter on the courthouse steps, telling how to build a place of refuge. With his wife, Jenny, hearing war planes over a desert hot spring. On Nascar Demolition Derby Night at the Modoc County Fair. It was better than the Iraq War. No one was killed. Admission was only eight dollars.

A poem uncovers the underworld’s plot to overthrow Christmas and capitalism. Another records a watershed meeting, the multi-species discussion of whether to let the humans in. In a state park on an overgrown trail, crossing a rotten bridge, the title poem tries to answer Jenny’s question: how did it get like this?

A poem requested for a friend whose young son just died in a senseless accident. The infrastructure we turn to: fledgling swallows on a power line, big mouths, pale fluff, scared and hungry. How soon they’ll fly and be gone. We live in a nest of broken shells.

On the Big Island a quarter-mile-long ten-foot wall, huge carved blocks of lava, yet with a wide open gate to those seeking refuge. On the eastern slope of the Sierras, a circular pool of concrete and stone, three Vietnam vets soak in our common history. In a repair shop on Broadway, LouAnn who has small hands is replacing my burned-out headlight I couldn’t even get to. The other guy in the waiting room has just come from taking his wife to the cancer clinic. We talk about when cars were real.

Looking for infrastructure in a world that’s been designed to break and not be fixed.


Infrastructure: Dreams, Divinations & Dispatches from the Underground
Martien, Jerry




Dena Taylor
EXCLAMATION POINTS
Collected Poems

ISBN: 978-1-944497-04-0
Poetry
Cover by Janet Fine
Library of Congress Control Number: 2020942118
146 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", paperback
Many Names Press, July, 2020
Price (U.S.) $18.00

This is the author’s first book of poems, which serves as memoir from her early childhood through the beginning of the raging COVID-19 pandemic. Full of humanity, witty, poignant, and humorous, these are extraordinary perspectives about her daughters, grandchildren, family, friends, relationships, travel experiences, and political wisdom. Now in her 80s, Dena Taylor is retired from careers in education and social work. She is the co-editor, along with Wilma Marcus Chandler, of When a Woman Tells the Truth, Writings and Creative Work by Women Over 80; co-author, with Becky Taylor, of Tell Me the Number Before Infinity: the story of a girl with a quirky mind, an eccentric family, and oh yes, a disability, and the author, editor, or co-editor of six books on women’s issues. She lives in Northern California.



“Wordsmiths for Parents”

Was there ever a time
my mother didn’t correct my language,
spoken or written?


Barely out of diapers,
on a family camping trip,
I went into the bathroom, crying
Mommy, are you in any of these?
From one of the stalls came her voice:
You mean, am I in EITHER of these!


Later, she saved my letters
written from camp
corrected with red pencil.


Dad, who wrote a sports column
for a left-wing newspaper,
was a craftsman:
You can always make it longer—
the beauty is to tighten.



He helped me write
in 25 words or less
why I liked Kellogg’s Corn Flakes.
I won a Roy Rogers flashlight
but really wanted the horse.


—Dena Taylor


Exclamation Points: Collected Poems
Taylor, Dena




Eli Whitney
SPEAKING FOR THE UNSPEAKABLE,
Collected Thoughts of a Poet with Autism

ISBN: 978-1-944497-03-3
Transcription by Louise Grassi Whitney
Poetry, living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, memoir
Graphic design and photos by Kate Hitt
Library of Congress Control Number: 2019942029
88 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", paperback
Many Names Press, June 2019
Price (U.S.) $18.00

This may be the only book of its kind: poetry told through the use of facilitated communication because Eli Whitney was born severely disabled with autism and is mute. This collection shows a philosopher’s unique point of view of himself, his family, and life with the disabled. When Eli Whitney was young, no one thought he could express himself in words, let alone write, but he learned the alphabet watching Sesame Street on TV. Then a special needs teacher showed him "facilitated communication" using a board that allowed him to spell by pointing to the letters embedded in it. Eli lives in a group home, and spends a good deal of time in Napa conveying his poems to his mother who meticulously transcribes, poet Louise Grassi Whitney, author of Wet Welded Together. Together they enjoy riding horses and fine dining.



“Mistakes are a Gift from God”

My Group Home is a place where men live
who can’t care for themselves.
We are well cared for by staff,
They sometimes get upset


when we can’t do what they want.
They don’t hit us


But sometimes make us feel like monsters
who are not trying to do our best.


I am not a monster
and never make my staff angry


because I love them and want to please them
especially the staff who read to me.


They are the ones who believe
that I am intelligent


Which is very important to me and the staff.
They get to read a great book


which they would not read on their own.
A good book is so enjoyable when read out loud.


I usually listen to every word
and love the way the writer fashions


the sentences, paragraphs and chapters
to make a magic whole book.


The book is sent through my ears to my heart.
Being read to is my favorite thing at the Group Home.


I make myself listen
so I get ideas for my poetry.


In the book A Horse and his Boy by C. S Lewis,
I begin to learn how a horse and a boy love each other


as they deal with difficulties
which helps me deal with my difficulties.


The horse makes a bad choice and then has to live with it.
The boy makes a bad choice and has to live with it.


I think I am a good person
but I don’t have much choice or opportunity


to make mistakes and grow into a great person.
So I make my poems


and hope to make more mistakes
like the horse and his boy.



Mistakes are marvelous things to make.

—Eli Whitney

Speaking for the Unspeakable
Whitney, Eli and Grassi Whitney, Louise




Becky Taylor and Dena Taylor
TELL ME THE NUMBER BEFORE INFINITY,
The Story of a Girl with a Quirky Mind, an Eccentric Family,
and Oh Yes, a Disability

PRINT ISBN: 978-0-9773070-8-1
EBOOK ISBN: 978-1-944497-00-2
Book cover by Janet Fine
Design by Kate Hitt
Library of Congress Control # 2016001109 (print)
Library of Congress Control # 2016003357 (ebook)
166 pp. photos of the authors, resources, links
6” x 9” x 0.36”, 0.53lbs., Paperback
Memoir by mother, and daughter with cerebral palsy
Price: $18.00

Tell Me the Number before Infinity has been praised as the honest, moving, informative, and often funny memoir by Becky Taylor, born in 1972 with cerebral palsy and a gift for math, and by her mother Dena Taylor. They contributed to mainstreaming of disabled children into California public schools. Parents, teachers, sociologists, disabled people and even brain researchers will find the book inspiring. 

Although several books on disabilities already exist, the use of two narrations is unique. The subject is Becky Taylor, from her birth in 1972 to about age forty. The mother, Dena Taylor, begins the book by telling us about her daughter’s earliest years, discovering Becky’s cerebral palsy, and her exceptional gift for calculus and depth of thought at the age of four. 

Tell Me the Number before Infinity: The Story of a Girl with a Quirky Mind, an Eccentric Family, and Oh Yes, a Disability
Taylor, Becky and Taylor, Dena


“Monsters”

“There are monsters biting at my brain,” Becky told us. She was five, maybe six. “They won’t go away.”

“At night? In your dreams?” I asked.

“No. In the day.”

“When in the day?”

“Just sometimes in the day.”

“What do they look like?”

“They have teeth all over.”

“Can you tell them to go away?” I asked her. “I mean, look right at them and yell at them to get out of there?”

“I tried that. I even put up signs in my brain saying GO AWAY! FUCK OFF! CLOSED DOWN FOREVER! But it didn’t do any good.”

We were sitting at the kitchen table. Rodney and I looked at each other and burst out laughing. What a kid. Where did she get the idea to do that?

“Well, that certainly was a good try,” I told her. I wondered if there was any connection between “biting her brain” and the fact that she is “brain damaged”

“Can you draw us a picture of one of the monsters?” Rodney asked her. We got her a pencil and paper and she drew a shape with teeth all over it. She said the monsters were white.

“I have an idea,” Rodney said. “Let’s make some cookies that look like your monsters. Then, every time they come into your head, you can take a cookie and eat it. Shall we do that?”

Becky considered this plan, and said yes. So Rodney made some cookie dough and cut out monster shapes using Becky’s drawing. Then he put cornflakes all over them for the teeth, and put them in the oven to bake. When the monster cookies were cool, we put them in a big glass jar on a low shelf so Becky could reach them.

A few days later, she took a cookie and ate it. The monsters never came back. We finally threw the moldy cookies out.

—Dena Taylor


Leba Wine
STITCHES IN TIME
ISBN 978-09773070-2-9
Historical Fiction, Memoir, Jewish Studies
book design by Kate Hitt
Library of Congress CIP data 2006029833
312 pp, 9" x 6", Paperback,
Many Names Press, 2006
Price: (U.S.) $20.00

I realized, in my middle years, says Leba Wine, that I was of the last generation to hear first-hand Jewish Eastern European immigrant history from the lips of those who had made the trip to America. My head was full of tales told to me by my grandmother. I had my mother’s diaries full of stories. Best of all, I had the quilt made by my grandmother and great-grandmother, made in the late 1800s in Pennsylvania. The imagery sewn on it would come to represent the stories of hope and hardships that accompanied my ancestors to this land. I wanted my children to know the hearty stock they came from, and so I began by writing on three-by-five cards for them to read. After ten cards, I knew that my children would never curl up with them to while-away a rainy afternoon, so I decided to write a novel, a biography, of the quilt itself.

 

Stitches in Time: The Biography of a Quilt
Wine, Leba




Older Publications by Many Names Press: 

Here are some of the older books, before moving our distributor to Ingram. Please download the order form and/or contact the publisher for more information.


Barbara Leon
THE SONGBIRD CATCHER
ISBN 978-0-9773070-6-7 Poetry.
book design by Kate Hitt
Library of Congress Control Number: 2015930518
128 pp 8.5" x 5.5", paperback.
Many Names Press, January, 2015
Price: (U.S.) $20.00

Barbara Leon came of age during the explosive sixties, and began a lifetime of participation in the struggles that changed her world view. The poems in The Songbird Catcher are both political and deeply personal. They unite personal narratives with the tragic—and sometimes joyful—political events that surround and shape our lives. The poems that express our connection with nature provide a respite, as well as a metaphor for the world that could be.

The Songbird Catcher achieves its power through a brave heart, intelligence, and precise observations. These poems range widely through personal history, injustice and tragedy, and the wonder of the natural world. Barbara Leon takes on large political and social issues, bringing them to life through vivid details. Near the end of the volume, watching the humpback lift its great bulk and leap from the water, she writes, I believe I could break through to light. In these poems, she does just that—and brings us with her. —Ellen Bass, poet, teacher, author of Like a Beggar

The Songbird Catcher, part litany, part love-song, and part prayer, gathers together the memories, imagery, and daily occurrences of a life lived with a careful attention to detail. Her gift of noticing, of taking the time to slow down an observed moment and meditate on it, gives direction and heart to this first collection of poems. —Dorianne Laux, teacher in the MFA program at North Carolina State University & award-winning poet, whose fifth collection is The Book of Men

The Songbird Catcher is a book of memory, not just of memories, but of how memory mythically mulls experience. It tells tellingly of family, friends, cultural icons, and natural ones. The return at the end to the mothers with which it began and the ‘Flashback’ to the sixties give this book the kind of spiral arc that Yeats envisioned as the gyres of history, turning to the future through memory and renewal. —Rev. Dr. T. C. Marshall, Cabrillo College Instructor


Mahmud Al-Qayed, the Songbird Catcher

He was not the first songbird
catcher to fall, only the youngest.
His father fell to his knees, buried

his face in the nubby sweater, breathed in
the damp of his small son’s blood.
In a grove where bird catchers and farmers

are banned, songbirds nest in olive trees,
the olives turn black, and fall,
shriveled, yesterday’s hope in Gaza

where olive trees fall
by thousands, their tough bark
no match for settlers’ saws

their boughs for bulldozers,
yet this ancient grove so far
survives.Three song sparrows

also survive, they hop about in wire
cages Mahmud carried to market
the first Friday of Ramadan

birds felled with net tied to string
the weapon he held. A suspicious character,
shot dead at the fence near kibbutz Nahal Oz

in uprooted Gaza, where birds and small boys find
no refuge in olive branches, soft bodies
beat wings against wire, trilling freedom songs.

—Barbara Leon

 


Louise Grassi Whitney
WET WELDED TOGETHER
ISBN 978-0-9773070-4-3 Poetry, memoir, family history.
book design by Kate Hitt
Library of Congress Control Number: 2012948559
132 pp 8.5" x 5.5", paperback.
Many Names Press, October 2012
Price: (U.S.) $20.00

From time-to-time a poet, unattached to academia, explodes onto the scene fully-clothed in truth and authority. Once a single parent of 3 boys now a grandmother, horsewoman, explorer in exotic lands, a sage beekeeper—indomitable Louise Grassi Whitney writes with great wit in a distinctive style about her mute son’s autism and his ability to cast spells—along with many other grand mysteries.

Jean Casalegno says Louise’s poems: ...draw you in and keep you there, mesmerized, until they are done with you, and then you take a breath.

A remarkable collection of poems plumbing the passion, beauty, sorrow and joy of a remarkable life. I have never seen language used this way, the mark of a strong and original talent. —Alex Shoumatoff, contributing editor, Vanity Fair, editor, DispatchesFromTheVanishingWorld.com

Even when they speak of love these shining poems speak of horses, for Louise Whitney’s life has been a wild, bold ride. From duck hunting as a girl in her party dress with her father, to grappling with an autistic son as a mother, she recounts in these poems the courage de luxe that she speaks of in her poem, Asylum: “Most of the time, I half expect to be killed in treacherous terrain, while galloping...”
—Victoria Shorr, contributor, Ms. Magazine, Huffington Post, Co-founder of the Archer School for Girls.


Optimism of Crows
Two black satin ladies perch on the bed
rustling like crows, wings low overhead.
The death watch is over. They’ve buried their dead.
They preen their black feathers preparing for sleep,
take off their earrings, then both of them reach
for the cold cream, to smooth their crow’s feet.

—Louise Grassi Whitney

 


Hermie Medley
BEING HUMAN
ISBN 978-0-9773070-3-6 Poetry, memoir, family history.
Cover art by Samantha Green; book design by Kate Hitt.
Library of Congress Control Number: 2007923141
92 pp 8.5" x 5.5", paperback.
Many Names Press, March 2007
Price: (U.S.) $20.00

Hermie was a delightful poet; I published her first book of poems, “Too Young to Be Wise” in 1998, when she was only 80 years old. Her joy in life, her cheery but not sappy style of writing, is crisp and wise. I saw she met with grief and family loss, both a long and a short time ago. But mostly I can see her at her typewriter, a wicked-sweet little grin upon her face. When she reads in public, she reminds me of a young spelling bee contestant — I hold my breath for her simple response to a purplexing and complex word.

Generation Gap
Last night I had the strangest dream
I’d never dreamt before. I dreamed
I took my parents
to an open mike poetry reading
at the Santa Cruz Public Library.
I was eighty-three, which made my father
113, my mother 112. They were visiting,
and I thought they might enjoy
the poetry of the twenty-first century.
After half an hour of poems
with no punctuation and no form,
some of which sounded like a grocery list,
my father raised a palsied hand.
“You call this poetry?” he demanded.
“Where’s the rhythm? Where’s
the rhyme? Where’s the story?”
He pulled himself up unsteadily
and worked his way to the podium,
his hair unkempt as a haystack.
“T’was the 18th of April
in ’75,” he intoned. “Hardly a man
is now alive who remembers
that famous day and year.”
He proceeded to recite the whole story
of how Paul Revere alerted his countrymen
that the British were coming. One
if by land and two if by sea
and all that malarkey. It had rhythm;
it had rhyme; it told a story. Everyone
was happy, I guess, though I’ll never
know. Just as my father finished, I fell
out of bed and woke up in a heap on the floor.

—Hermie Medley

 

Window to Westfir

Margarite Tuchardt
WINDOW TO WESTFIR
AN OREGON SAWMILL TOWN

ISBN 0-9773070-0-X Poetry, memoir, fine art, family history.
Illustrated with art & photos throughout by Margarite Tuchardt; book design by Kate Hitt.
Library of Congress Control Number: 2005937883
112 pp 8.5" x 5,5", paperback.
Many Names Press, March 2006
Price: (U.S.) $20.00

Margarite Tuchardt, a native of Westfir, Oregon, lived with her pioneering family on the forested west slope of the Cascades, along the wild North Fork of the Willamette River during woolly times in a logging company town once booming with prosperity, now no more.

“One starlit night Joyce and I skate down the curved road into Westfir, past the sawmill dam, past the red hot sparking burner. I wonder now if she will remember skating on frozen snow, past the slough, past the covered bridge and into downtown. We arrive at the company office near the market and saloon giggling and wobbling. Everything is covered in magic and moonlight. I want the night to go on forever.”

Comanche Court
Friend of my youth, you are wild forest, rushing river
Autumn leaves big enough to cover my head
Where did you go, strong legs and eagle eyes
That carried me roar of ice water, into my future
Friend of my youth, I see you in a child’s face
Now when I need you most-—you elude me
I think I lost you on a cul-de-sac in South San Jose

—Margarite Tuchardt

 

As If the World Made Sense

Maude Meehan
AS IF THE WORLD MADE SENSE
0-9652575-9-2 Poetry, Memoir.
Cover art “A Question of Balance” by James Aschbacher
Book design by Kate Hitt
Library of Congress Control Number: 2003109946
198 pp 9" x 6", paperback with dust jacket
Many Names Press, October 2003
Price: (U.S.) $25.00

Reflective poems on grandchildren, aging, relatives and news by the octogenarian “geriatric diva” and much loved poet laureate of Santa Cruz, California. Maude died in her sleep August, 18, 2007.

“By turns tender and tough, the poems in Maude Meehan’s new collection are deeply etched by the acids of experience. Her poems celebrate the triumph of gratitude over sorrow, and vivifying memory over solitude. Meehan writes eloquently about the vicissitudes of age, but age has not slowed this poet, it has only made her more impatient with anyone who would waste a single second of our time on earth, where everything is an emergency.” —Gary Young.

At a Conference for Women
Many years ago
the guest speaker, prim
in suburban matron drag,
blue-white coiffure,
knit suit and Gucci bag,
stepped to the podium.
Typecast, the perfect
corporation wife, who
with her opening sentence
changed my life.

I once had forty tits
and someone dragging
on each one.
I now have two,
they both belong to me,
and life is much more fun.

The rest of her remarks
remain a blur,
but I am down to three.
Blue-haired deceptive lady,
I’m almost running free.

—Maude Meehan

 

Sam Hergo

Bill Stipe
SAM HERGO, CIRCUS STRONGMAN
ISBN 0-9652575-0-9 Illustrated children’s fiction, fine art.
40 pp, 8.5" x 7" cardstock, wire-bound, with title clearly visible on spine
Printed by Kate Hitt at Many Names Press, 1996 (after the original 1941 manuscript)
Price: Out of Print

This is the story of Sam Hergo, the gentle, kind-hearted strongman of the circus, named after SAMson, HERcules, and GOliath, the three strongest men in all history. Sam is the invention of Bill Stipe, American fine artist and art professor at Northwestern in Chicago who wrote and illustrated Sam Hergo, but World War II broke out and Bill was drafted. SAM HERGO re-emerged in 1995; was completely restored and printed in a limited edition of 370 copies by niece, Kate Hitt, at Many Names Press.

 

The Woodcuts of Andrea Rich The Woodcuts of Andrea Rich

Andrea Rich
THE WOODCUTS OF ANDREA RICH
ISBN 0-9652575-2-5 Fine art, artist descriptions of plates.
96 pp., 10" x 13", Fine hand casebinding by Peggy Gotthold
36 color tipped-in plates, composition monotype from M&H Typefoundry
Original woodcut print by the artist (suitable for framing)
Poem “The Deer” by Mary Oliver
Design, letterpress printing of text & cover, hand typesetting by Kate Hitt at Many Names Press 1997
Price: (U.S.) $500.00 very limited edition, signed & numbered by the artist.

The seed for this artistic collaboration between printer and artist sprouted some years ago when, impressed by the quality of Santa Cruz artist Andrea Rich’s woodcuts, publisher Kate Hitt printed a colorful offset reproduction of a bird Andrea had carved. They agreed to produce a book showcasing 36 woodcut prints, and embarked on what would become the incredibly involved adventure of making a hand-made book.

 

Litany of Wings

Amber Coverdale Sumrall
LITANY OF WINGS
0-9652575-3-3 Poetry.
Cover art by Elizabeth Williams
96 pp. 8.5" x 5.5", paperback w/dust jacket
Type design by Annie Browning, printed by Kate Hitt at Many Names Press 1998

A poem was read on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac Aug.2, 2005 on NPR.

“Litany of Wings” is an amazing and complex book of poems. Amber Coverdale Sumrall has created a masterpiece: a book overflowing with sensual images of birds, plants, animals, people and life. It is a book devoid of superficiality, cycling through life and death, full of irony, humorous at times, serious and binding at others. She seems to test the true mettle of life’s worth, making us feel human and full. Always true to the memories and testimonies of the living and dead, no one is forgotten.

"These are beautiful poems." —Grace Paley

"Amber Coverdale Sumrall’s poems are deeply felt and will touch many with their evocation of love and possibility and wings." —Lucille Clifton

 

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Territory of Wind

Patrice Vecchione
TERRITORY OF WIND
0-9652575-4-1 Poetry.
Cover art by Nanda Currant
96 pp. 8.5"x5.5" paperback w/dust jacket
Type design by Annie Browning, printed by Kate Hitt at Many Names Press 1998

At the heart of the striking beauty of these poems, with their mindful surroundings, is writing at its most impeccable.

Patrice Vecchione’s poems, like life itself, show and tell us-in astonishing ways how much we are, indeed, members of one another. She explores and celebrates the quivering, fragile web of relationships that thread together the many-sided meaning of love. . . —- Al Young

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Fields of Courage Susan Samuels Drake
FIELDS OF COURAGE
REMEMBERING CESAR CHAVEZ & THE PEOPLE WHOSE LABOR FEEDS US

ISBN 0-9652575-6-8 Poetry, history, personal memoir of Cesar Chavez & the UFW.
Cover art by Graciela Hernandez & Harry Federico; photos by Susan Drake, Matthew Drake, Victor Aleman, Jon Lewis, Bob Fitch, John A. Kouns; cartoon by Paul Duginski.
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 98-68606
192 pp. 8.5" x 5.5" paperback,
Text design by Annie Browning; Printed by Kate Hitt at Many Names Press 1999

In 1962, Cesar Chavez initiated a movement to empower farm workers with a labor union. Hundreds of middle-class supporters joined him as the workers struggled for social justice. On his staff was a mother of two, Susan Samuels Drake. The first memoir published by a woman who worked closely with Cesar Chavez, it offers a unique and poetic perspective of the Mexican-American visionary whose contagious determination bettered the quality of life for millions of people.

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