Scott Wiggerman is the author of Leaf and Beak: Sonnets (Purple Flag, 2015), Presence (Pecan Grove Press, 2011), and Vegetables and Other Relationships. A frequent workshop instructor, Scott served as editor for Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry (2011) and Wingbeats II (2014), as well as three Dos Gatos Press collections, most recently Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, the second installment in our series, Poetry of the American Southwest. Scott has been nominated for a Sundress Best of the Net and three Pushcarts. A Dos Gatos Press co-founder, he served as editor of the Texas Poetry Calendar for ten years.
David Meischen served as editor for Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry and Wingbeats II. He has recent poems in Assaracus, Borderlands, Naugatuck River Review, San Pedro River Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Talking Writing. Winner of the Writers League of Texas manuscript award in Mainstream Fiction (2011) and the Talking Writing Prize for Short Fiction (2012), David has an enthusiastic agent promoting his novel in stories. A chapter of his memoir in progress appears in The Gettysburg Review. A Dos Gatos Press co-founder, David has served as editor for six editions of the Texas Poetry Calendar. Several of our covers have been designed by David, including the 2016 and 2017 Texas Poetry Calendar.
Allyson Whipple is the author of the chapbook We’re Smaller Than We Think We Are (Finishing Line Press). Her second chapbook, Come Into the World Like That, is forthcoming from Five Oaks Press. Allyson is a student in the online MFA program in creative writing at the University of Texas–El Paso. She teaches ESL and business writing at Austin Community College.
Wade Martin, a 2014 Pushcart nominee, is editor of the Austin Poetry Society’s Museletter. Wade participates in several poetry critique groups. He has been honored to teach a workshop at the Austin Feminist Poetry Festival and appear as a featured reader at the BookWoman and KinCity Reading Series. Wade’s work can be found in Front Porch Review, Illya’s Honey, and Haibun Today.
Guest Editors and Artists
Cindy Huyser, Co-Editor, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems
Cindy’s chapbook, Burning Number Five: Power Plant Poems, was a co-winner of the 2014 Blue Horse Press Poetry Chapbook contest. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her poetry has been published in a variety of journals and anthologies, most recently Untameable City, Blue Hole, and the anthology of the 2015 Houston Poetry Festival. Cindy co-edited the Texas Poetry Calendar from 2009 to 2014.
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Robert Lentz, OFM, Cover Artist, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems
Brother Robert is an iconographer with a remarkable life story. A Byzantine Rite Catholic, born in rural Colorado, he spent six years with the Franciscan friars of the Cincinnati Province. In 1975, Brother Lentz entered the Russian Orthodox Church; he studied iconography at Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Brookline, Massachusetts. As an iconographer, he has expanded his subject matter to include icons of people who have struggled for justice and peace—figures such as Ghandi, Martin Luther King, and Harvey Milk. For more about Brother Lentz, his inspiring life and work, check out his website. A number of his icons are available at Trinity Stores.
Darla McBryde, Cover Photographer, 2017 Texas Poetry Calendar
Darla is currently traveling through the Southwest and bases out of Alpine, Texas. She was a feature for the Houston Library’s Public Poetry Program and a member of the performance group Word Around Town. A Pushcart nominee, she received the Lorene Pouncey Award from the Houston Poetry Festival. Her poetry has been published in Texas Poetry Calendar, San Pedro River Review, Ilya’s Honey, and other journals. Darla’s stunning cover image for the new calendar was inspired by a lifelong fascination with the Chisos Mountains. She says it best:
“The first time I saw the Chisos Mountains was on a very old sepia postcard among my mother’s keepsakes when I was a child. We lived on the West Texas plains, and this photo very possibly depicted the first mountains of any sort that I had ever seen. Their unmistakable silhouette called to me from even that wrinkled piece of paper.
“Many years later, when I first visited Big Bend, the magical Chisos transformed the dusty West Texas landscape into a bloom of purple enchanted vistas. Driving east down the big hill between Lajitas and Terlingua on Hwy 170, seeing the Chisos come suddenly into view, is something I never tire of. They lure us to come closer and explore their mysteries, hike their canyons. I attempt to capture their beauty in photos, and most of all, to mine their boundless poetry.”
Jerry Hamby, Cover Photographer, 2016 Texas Poetry Calendar
A native of Amarillo, Jerry photographed the Cadillac Ranch for the cover of the 2016 Texas Poetry Calendar. He was in high school when Cadillac Ranch was installed by the art group Ant Farm. He has visited and photographed the site dozens of times and was fortunate enough to meet one its creators, Doug Michels in 2002 while touring another of Ant Farm’s creations, The House of the Century. Jerry’s interest in photography is linked to his love of nature, and his favorite images often come from placing the camera as close to the ground as possible. In photographing Cadillac Ranch, Jerry dug his knees into snow and snapped 750 photographs over a two-hour period, looking for nuanced ways to capture an iconic sculpture. The evolving nature of Cadillac Ranch was on display that day as dozens of interstate travelers placed their marks on the cars, and the greatest challenge was keeping people out of the frame. The fresh snow and late afternoon light were gifts as cirrus and cumulus clouds skated above the fins of the cars.
History and Mission
Scott Wiggerman and David Meischen founded Dos Gatos Press in 2004. We have published the Texas Poetry Calendar annually since 2006, when we took over its publication from Flying Cow Productions. In 2008, we released our first trade publication, Big Land, Big Sky, Big Hair: Best of the Texas Poetry Calendar. We have published three collections by individual poets—Circumference of Light, poems by Bruce Noll (2016); Letting Myself In, poems by Anne McCrady (2013); and Redefining Beauty (2009)—now in its third printing—poems focusing on former Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton’s struggle with breast cancer. Among our proudest achievements are two remarkable books of poetry writing exercises—Wingbeats and Wingbeats II (2011 and 2014), co-edited by David and Scott. Finally, we have published two installments in our series, Poetry of the American Southwest—Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems (2016) and Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku and Haiga (2013). Having called Austin, Texas, home until the spring of 2015, we have made a place for ourselves in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
A nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation organized for literary and educational purposes, Dos Gatos Press seeks to make poetry more widely available to the reading public and to support writers of poetry—especially in Texas, New Mexico, and the Southwest.
Small Press Distribution
In the spring of 2012, Dos Gatos Press joined Small Press Distribution (SPD).
Currently, SPD carries seven of our titles:
- Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry
- Wingbeats II: Exercises and Practice in Poetry
- Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga
- Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems
- Letting Myself In — Poems by Anne McCrady
- Redefining Beauty — Poems by Karla K. Morton
- Big Land, Big Sky, Big Hair: Best of the Texas Poetry Calendar
Based in Berkeley, California, SPD maintains a network of small, independent literary publishers. We are proud to be part of this network.
Mailing Address6452 Kola Court NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico