Jan Cole’s Poetry

Sisypha Larvata Prodeat
(Sisypha Wearing a Mask Advances)

Sisypha Larvata Prodeat (Sisypha Wearing a Mask Advances), one of my inaugural projects with Madville Publishing LLC, is a poetry book by my dear friend and mentor, Jan Cole. I tried to turn this project down, because it is complicated by Adelina Moya’s beautiful full-color paintings illustrating English and French poems translated into Chinese by editor Lorrie Lo and translator Angela Liu. I was simply too busy at Texas Review Press to take on a project this complex.

However, Jan Cole is persistent. She insisted that I publish this book for her. At the end of the day, the projected waited until I had time for it. Now the Huntsville Arts Commission has given us a grant to promote the book locally, and Dr. Ralph Pease (professor Emeritus from the SHSU Department of English) has written an Afterword. Several of us met on Saturday in honor of our artist, Adelina Moya, being in town.

Madville Publishing

I’ll be honest, I’ve been on the academic job market for a while now. As Paul Ruffin’s assistant, then “acting” director of Texas Review Press since his death, I have known for a couple of years that I needed to be looking for a new job. What I’ve found is that there are not a lot of job openings in publishing for people with my experience.

I have had the very good fortune of connecting with a group of editors I know and respect, and I have signed on with them at Goliad Review & Press as Production Manager.

Still, that doesn’t satisfy all the requests I have from writers and editors. These are two groups of people I have come to know, and they sometimes overlap. The writers want help getting their work to press, and the editors want work to edit. So, I’m starting a small publishing business that will publish a few titles per year as well as offering a variety of author services. I’m excited about the launch of Madville Publishing, and I hope you will take a look at all we have to offer there.

AWP 2018

I’m heading to AWP 2018. I’m really looking forward to this conference, and I hope to see many of my writing friends there. You will find me in one of two places for most of the conference: The Texas Review Press Booth #751 or the Goliad Review & Press table, #T320.

Here is my schedule:

Thursday 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Author signing–Curt Eriksen, A Place of Timeless Harmony, TRP booth #751. (I’ll have to leave at 4:15, but Curt will be there till 5:00)

Thursday 4:30-5:45 PM
I will be moderator for “The Places America Forgot,” Room 11, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor (My friends Michael Gills and Joseph D. Haske will be reading from their fiction.)

Friday 1:00-3:00 PM
Author signing–Theodora Bishop, On the Rocks, TRP booth #751



Friday 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Author signing–Michael Gills, The House Across from the Deaf School and “The Death of Bonnie and Clyde” and Other Stories, TRP booth #751
(last year there was whiskey)

Saturday 11:30-1:30 PM
Author signing–Lindsay Illich, “Rile & Heave,” TRP booth #751

Goliad Review and Press

I can, at last, brag about my new position at Goliad Review and Press. Since last November, I have been working with some friends from South Texas to bring a new literary journal and press to life. Have a look at this page, and you’ll see my name on the masthead as Production Manager. https://www.goliadreview.com/contact/ 

It’s a pleasure to work with this bunch of very smart men, and so many talented authors.