- 2015 Texas Poetry Calendar
- Letting Myself In — Poems by Anne McCrady
- Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga — First in a new series
- Redefining Beauty — Poems by Karla K. Morton — Now in its 3rd printing
- Big Land, Big Sky, Big Hair: Best of the Texas Poetry Calendar
- Wingbeats and Wingbeats II
Cover Photograph by Billy “Billyblues” Hill
You’re going to love our 2015 calendar!
The cover itself is a treat—Billy Hill’s breathtaking Gulf Coast photograph.
Inside you will discover 103 poems as diverse and original as the state itself. Texas State Poet Laureate Dean Young opens the calendar with a poem on the inside front cover. As you turn the pages, you’ll see names that have appeared in our calendar before, keeping company with poets who are published here for the first time. You’ll find young poets, established poets, and award-winning poets. You’ll find poems that invite multiple readings.
Carolyn Adams, Robert Allen, Gloria Amescua, Linda Banks, Chloe Barnett, Jan Benson, Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Travis Blair, Joe Blanda, Ann Reisfeld Boutté, David Bowles, Del Cain, Claire Vogel Camargo, Janice Rebecca Campbell, Allen F. Clark, Sally Clark, SuzAnne C. Cole, Kelly Corinda, David E. Cowen, Stan Crawford, Carol Cullar, Shelia Stewart Darst, Margo Davis, Jeffrey DeLotto, Margaret Dornaus, Cathy Downs, Cyra S. Dumitru, Diane Durant, Peggy Lin Duthie, Chris Ellery, Kelly Ann Ellis, Lee Elsesser, Lauran Perry English, Toni Heringer Falls, Sonya S. Fehér, Dede Fox, Priscilla Frake, Alan Gann, Martha K. Grant, Amy L. Greenspan, David Hale, Geoffrey Hall, Jerry Hamby, Michael Harty, J. Todd Hawkins, Katherine Hoerth, Cindy Huyser, Aletha Irby, Lucas Jacob, Judy Jensen, Carie Juettner, Marcelle Kasprowicz, Nikki Loftin, Raymond Luczak, Vivian Macías, Stephanie Madan, Ed Madden, Jean Donaldson Mahavier, Ricki Mandeville, Lorena Parker Matejowsky, Darla McBryde, Bruce McCandless, Janet McCann, Kirsty McCormack, Anne McCrady, Kristina McDonald, Dodie Messer Meeks, Lianne Mercer, Terry Jude Miller, Annie Neugebauer, Katherine Durham Oldmixon, Christa Pandey, Brady Peterson, Elina Petrova, Georgia A. Popoff, Aliene Pylant, Elena Lelia Radulescu, Brenda Nettles Riojas, Geoff Rips, Dora Robinson, Margie McCreless Roe, Susan Rooke, Gary S. Rosin, Laura Cottam Sajbel, Shubh Schiesser, Traci Siler, Glen Sorestad, Rebecca A. Spears, Jan Spence, Mary Bryan Stafford, Sandi Stromberg, Roberta Faulkner Sund, Alana Torrez, Beverly Voss, Loretta Diane Walker, Mobi Warren, Sarah Webb, Christine Wenk-Harrison, Allyson Whipple, Harold Whit Williams, Liza Wolff-Francis, Dean Young, Vanessa Zimmer-Powell
Letting Myself In
Cover Design by Kristee Humphrey
$15.95 – 88 pages
This is Texas, land of dusty pickup trucks, farmers in red flannel shirts, hot biscuits and honey. McCrady is writing the score of a woman’s life: marriage, family, leaving something behind, moving on. Always, she’s an acute and keen observer: “at the portal of this kitchen window / lifted from waves of worry, / I am a sailor who can finally see home.” McCrady is “a woman who sings / to meet the morning,” who wants “the roux to be perfect,” while at the same time mindful that “yes everything / that is precious / breaks and is remade.” Open this book, come along with her on the journey. It will crack open your heart.
~ Barbara Crooker, winner of the 2009 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence
From “cold, oatmeal mornings” to “gun-barrel afternoons,” the poems of Letting Myself In allow the reader into the mind of a poet who fully inhabits life, whose careful eye misses nothing, and whose empathy is tempered with a wise and wry irony. McCrady’s spirited heart-felt writing is full of unique Texas themes and idioms; however, there are also many universal pastorals ringing clear, sweet, and eternally true, as when “cicadas kazoo / the last verses of their camp song, / that tinnitus of summer.”
~ Dave Parsons, 2011 Texas Poet Laureate
Anne McCrady takes us on a walk through her beloved East Texas, through life and death and everyday moments of grace in Letting Myself In. We hear the farmer, “hoe in brown hands,” as he describes his land as Paradise; we feel the church choir in “103 Degrees” singing “gospel songs about mercy”; we watch hunters “shaking sleet from their shoulders /and pulling mud-caked boots loose.” This is the journal of a beloved place and a beloved people, with bits of the holy finding their way into each—fishermen, “like saints, / each seeking a secret / piece of freshwater heaven”; sand-hill cranes, “pure ballet: all leg and wing and skirt.”
~ Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas Poet Laureate
Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga
Foreword by Penny Harter
Cover Photograph by Carol King
Cover Design by David Meischen and Scott Wiggerman
Lifting the Sky is the first in a new series from Dos Gatos Press: Poetry of the American Southwest. A perfect marriage of form—haiku—and subject—the limitless inspirations of the American Southwest—Lifting the Sky is essential reading for haiku and poetry lovers everywhere. With thirty-three stunning haiga, this collection is also a treat for the eye. Penny Harter, co-author of The Haiku Handbook (25th Anniversary Edition, 2010), contributed the foreword. “Here,” Harter says, “we enter haiku and haiga that take us through the beauties of the landscape—from desert and mountains to the sea; poems that express the poets’ political, spiritual, mythical, cultural, and deeply personal connections to the Southwest; poems that make us laugh or cry; and poems drenched in light that repeatedly carry us from the Earth into the stars and galaxies. As does the landscape, these poems lift us out of ourselves.”
Joy Acey, Gloria Amescua, Ramesh Anand, Evelyn Corry Appelbee, Robert A. Ayres, Linda Banks, Roberta Beary, Roy Beckemeyer, Sidney Bending, Brad Bennett, Jan Benson, Barbara Blake, Joe Blanda, Barbara Blanks, Ron Blanton, Christine Boldt, Daniel Bowman, Dayna Bradley, Ed Bremson, Mark E. Brager, Frances Briggs, Mike Burwell, Claire Vogel Camargo, Jesse Castro, Danny Clark, Sally Clark, Sandra Cobb, Amelia Cotter, Carolyn Dahl, Margo Davis, Meloni Davis, Jane DeJonghe, Lori Desrosiers, Margaret Dornaus, Shannon Dougherty, Peg Duthie, Lynn Edge, Brendan Egan, Chris Ellery, Bryce Emley, Robert Epstein, Nancy Fierstien, Gretchen Fletcher, Carolyn Tourney Florek, Sue Foster, Cara Fox, Susan Gabrielle, Alan Gann, Sue Mayfield Geiger, Mel Goldberg, Katie Goode, Amy L. Greenspan, Barbara Randals Gregg, Jerry Hamby, Jerri Hardesty, Lisa Hase-Jackson, J. Todd Hawkins, Jeffrey Hoagland, J. Paul Holcomb, Peter Holland, Ann Howells, Joseph Hutchison, Cindy Huyser, Aletha Irby, Elizabeth Jacobson, Dani Raschel Jimenez, Marcelle Kasprowicz, Scott Keeney, Larry Kelly, Julie Bloss Kelsey, Tricia Knoll, Geoffrey A. Landis, Albert Vetere Lannon, Gayle Lauradunn, Barbara D. Lazar, Wayne Lee, Catherine L’Herisson, Becky Liestman, Rebecca Lilly, Ellaraine Lockie, Doris Lynch, Sandra D. Lynn, Dennis Magliozzi, Wade Martin, Darla McBryde, Janet McCann, Kaitlin Mara Meadows, Teresa Milbrodt, Vasile Moldovan, Diane Morinich, Máire Morrissey-Cummins, Carol Moscrip, Allene Rasmussen Nichols, Miranda Nicole, Katherine Durham Oldmixon, Sergio Ortiz, Stephen Page, Shin Yu Pai, Christa Pandey, Pearl Pirie, Barbara Green Powell, Joan Prefontaine, Anjela Villarreal Ratliff, John E. Rice, Brenda Roberts, Cliff Roberts, Gary S. Rosin, Charlie Rossiter, Stephanie Schultz, Jennifer Smith, Sandra Soli, Jan Spence, Ann Spiers, Joseph Stack, Sandi Stromberg, Susan Beall Summers, Sheri Sutton, Lesley Anne Swanson, Natachia Talbert, Lisette Templin, Lillian Susan Thomas, Charles Trumbull, Sylvia Riojas Vaughn, Loretta Diane Walker, Richard Wells, Christine Wenk-Harrison, Joanna M. Weston, Allyson Whipple, Mary F. Whiteside, Neal Whitman, p. wick, James Willard, Barbara Yost
Poems by Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas Poet Laureate
Photographs by Walter Eagleton
Cover Design by Kristee Humphrey
$17.55 – 64 pages
Redefining Beauty grew out of author Karla K. Morton’s diagnosis, treatment and recovery from breast cancer. In a series of passionate and powerful poems, accompanied by photographer Walter Eagleton’s stunning black and white images, Morton offers readers hope and comfort through her intimate candor, good-humored defiance and unfiltered honesty. Redefining Beauty has been named the Winner in the Women’s Issues category of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
“Morton’s Redefining Beauty presents a fresh perspective on cancer. In effect, it is a redefining of more than just what is beautiful concerning our bodies, relationships, and poetry; it’s a redefining of cancer in those spaces as well. Her ability to combine beauty and ugliness, sickness and sweetness, and humor and fright makes her collection an intriguing and entertaining one.”
— Laura E. Decker, in Texas Books in Review
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Big Land, Big Sky, Big Hair:
Best of the Texas Poetry Calendar
Cover Design by Kristee Humphrey
$17.95 – 224 pages
The Lone Star State comes to life in Big Land, Big Sky, Big Hair. From the Gulf Coast to the Big Bend, from the Panhandle to the Rio Grande Valley—the people, flora, fauna, places, weather, and seasons of Texas are well represented among the collection’s almost 300 poems, all published during the first decade of the Texas Poetry Calendar. The 187 poets are as diverse as the poems themselves, from housewives to university professors, from those just starting in poetry to those with numerous credits and world renown—all touched by Texas in some way. Everything about this volume is big, especially the rewards.
“From the freak South Texas snowstorm to the summer day with ‘cicadas winding up their missionary pitch,’ from grackles to gadwalls to collared pecaries—Big Land, Big Sky, Big Hair showcases the everyday as well as the extraordinary.”
— Susan Hanson, in Texas Books in Review