A Note from the Founders:
Allyson Whipple and Wade Martin have been friends of Dos Gatos Press for several years. Wade and Allyson have been published in previous issues of the Texas Poetry Calendar. They contributed work for Wingbeats II: Exercises and Practice in Poetry. They share our vision of a poetry calendar that publishes 90-100 original high-quality poems annually. They share our commitment to supporting a community of Texas poets through an annual fall reading series in several Texas cities. We couldn’t be more pleased that Allyson and Wade have agreed to step in at this crucial time, when the two of us are orchestrating a move from Texas to New Mexico. Our new Gatos have the energy and the vision to guide the Texas Poetry Calendar as it enters its eighteenth year. Welcome, Wade and Allyson!
Scott Wiggerman is the author of 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 two Dos Gatos Press collections—Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga (2013) and Big Land, Big Sky, Big Hair: Best of the Texas Poetry Calendar (2008). Scott has been nominated for a Sundress Best of the Net and three Pushcarts. A Dos Gatos Press co-founder, he has edited the Texas Poetry Calendar for ten years.
David Meischen served as editor for Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry and Wingbeats II. He has had poems in Borderlands, Southern Poetry Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. Winner of the Writers League of Texas manuscript award in Mainstream Fiction (2011) and the Talking Writing Prize for Short Fiction (2012), David is seeking an agent or publisher for his novel in stories. A Dos Gatos Press co-founder, he has served as editor for five editions of the Texas Poetry Calendar.
Allyson Whipple is the director of the Austin Feminist Poetry Festival and vice president of Austin Poetry Society. She is the author of the chapbook We’re Smaller Than We Think We Are (Finishing Line Press) and co-creator of the computer game Choice: Texas. Allyson teaches business and technical communication at Austin Community College, and will soon test for her black belt in Kung Fu.
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.
Kristee Humphrey, Graphic Designer for Dos Gatos Press
Carol King, Photographer, Cover Images—Lifting the Sky and the 2011 Texas Poetry Calendar
Billy “Billyblues” Hill, Photographer, 2015 Texas Poetry Calendar Cover
Kristee Humphrey, at home in in the exciting world of film and video production, as well as graphic design, has done the cover design for almost every Dos Gatos Press publication. A Dallas native, Kristee has made Austin home since her undergraduate days at the University of Texas. She is currently working as a production assistant but spends her free time with her two boys and husband.
Carol King is the photographer and author of Texas Daytripper, a project focused on seeking the art of the back roads and small towns of Texas. To fund this passion, Carol is also the developer and owner of Custom Homebuilders’ Solutions, a job cost and accounting software for builders.
Custom Homebuilders’ Solutions
Billy “Billyblues” Hill is a full-time realtor who lives on Galveston Island and loves the Coastal lifestyle. Through Hurricane Ike and all through the recovery, Billy has continued to be a big advocate for Galveston and wouldn’t live anywhere else. Billy produces a daily website, where his enthusiasm for the surf, birds, sunrises, historic homes, and all that is Galveston is showcased. His obvious love for Galveston and the Gulf Coast is contagious and he is pleased to share it with all.
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. Since then we have published collections by two Texas poets—Redefining Beauty, now in its third printing, by 2010 Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton, and Letting Myself In by Anne McCrady. In 2011, we published Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry, following up in 2014 with Wingbeats II, our most ambitious project to date. In April 2013, we released Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga, the first book in a series titled Poetry of the American Southwest.
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 and the Southwest.
Small Press Distribution
In the spring of 2012, Dos Gatos Press joined Small Press Distribution (SPD).
Currently, SPD carries six of our titles:
- Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry
- Wingbeats II: Exercises and Practice in Poetry
- Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga
- Letting Myself In
- Redefining Beauty
- 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 Address1310 Crestwood Road
Austin, Texas 78722