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.