Out of print!
My friend Denise wanted to buy a copy of my latest poetry chapbook, Security, after hearing me read from it at a DWW ONTV event. That’s when I discovered I only had two copies.
This posed a real problem: the publisher, Rob Bixby of March Street Press in Greensboro NC, passed away a few years ago, and there were no plans to continue the press.
This little chapbook is very dear to me. It was published in 2010. Several poems refer to my son, who died in 2011, as well as my father who died in 2013. My mixed media art is on the cover; Rob designed the awesome cover text. Two other prints of my artwork are featured inside.
And all I had left were two copies!
Glimmer of hope
Then I remembered: although Rob designed and printed the covers for the poetry and fiction books he published through March Street Press, he contracted Main Street Rag, another publisher in North Carolina, to print and bind the books. Maybe there was a chance…
Ten days later
I emailed M. Scott Douglass, the publisher at Main Street Rag, and indeed, he did have the original files for the inside! Scott told me he could reconstruct the cover from my images. The cover stock would be different, and it wouldn’t have the pretty purple end papers, but to me, those were minor issues.
Would you believe I had a box of books ten days after I first contacted Scott? TEN DAYS!
As an author, we take chances with small presses. They come and they go. At the same time, small presses often go above and beyond to help authors. The small press that published my novel was absolutely fabulous, and when they shut their doors to publishing, they did everything to set me up with my books through Ingram and Amazon. It all worked out fine, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Main Street Rag did everything to set me up with more copies, and I’m not even one of their authors.
That’s pretty special.
So, if you’re interested in a copy of Security, please email me by using the mail icon at the top menu of this page. Copies are $11 with shipping. Plus I’ll sign it for you!
“In Security, Linda brings us her hard-edged vision of a domestic life in which miracles pale in comparison to the solidity and substance of real people. She blesses the world- our world- with her attention to our hopes and fears: we know these people, struggling for dignity and meaning, worrying about friends and children and marriage and money, looking for sufficient beauty to go on. These poems find that beauty again and again and offer it to us as the daily bread of poetry.” –Richard Hoffman author of Interference and Other Stories, winner of Massachusetts Cultural Fellowship, and Literary Review’s Charles Angoff Prize
“Linda K. Sienkiewicz takes on the grittier human topics: children gone to war or astray, our violent selves, the sometimes “dearth of noble natures” and intrepidly rearranges the disaligned, awakening us with poetry that sings out and takes no prisoners.” –Dorianne Laux, Facts about the Moon, winner of Oregon Book Award
“The power of these poems comes from their clear, unflinching details as she examines the subtle balancing act of our daily lives, and the miracle of staying on the tightrope.” –Jim Daniels, Revolt of the Crash Test Dummies, winner of Blue Lynx Poetry Prize
“With courage and craft, Sienkiewicz describes our general human vulnerability… The poet’s precision and big-hearted affection for life makes reading her book a deep pleasure.” –Margaret Hasse, Milk and Tides, National Endowment of the Arts Poetry Fellowship recipient
*A chapbook, sometimes referred to as a pamphlet, is a small, inexpensive collection of poetry, usually between fifteen to thirty pages. It is a format well suited to smaller print-runs.
Linda K. Sienkiewicz is the author of the award-winning novel In the Context of Love, about one woman’s need to tell the truth without shame.
Angelica must find the strength to make her life her own after a devastating family secret, heartbreak, betrayal and bad decisions turn her world upside down.
Sarton Women’s Fiction Finalist
Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist
Readers’ Favorite Finalist
USA Book News Best Book Finalist
New Apple Book Awards Official Selection
“…at once a love story, a cautionary tale, and an inspirational journey.” ~ Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of National Book Award Finalist, American Salvage, and critically acclaimed Once Upon a River,and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters