Frayed Edges of Hope: Poets from "The Very Edge" anthology

Updated: Aug 29

“Fly to an arid land where you can come to the table, hear stories woven from the frayed edges of our hope."



Join Kansas City’s Flying Ketchup Press as it releases its first collection of international voices in poetry. Co-edited by Polly Alice McCann and Araceli Esparza, “The Very Edge" is an intense collection of urgent and inspiring voices that bring together writers in English, Spanish, and French. It features New York poet, Anne Whitehouse, and Kansas Poet Laureate, Huascar Medina. Including textile designer and photographer, Samantha Malay, and the incredible meditative portraits by award-winning artist, Mano Sotelo. 


Let them take you on a journey across border towns and prairies to the top of the Swiss Alps; fly from the waters of the Amazon to Manhattan rooftops into an arid land where you can sit at the table and hear stories woven from the frayed edges of our hope. With art direction by designer, Kēvin Callahan, this book features several artists including the work of textile designer and photographer, Samantha Malay, and incredible meditative portraits by award-winning artist, Mano Sotelo.


This book is now available on Amazon and Kindle and soon Nook and other formats.

Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-970151-23-7

epub ISBN: 978-1-970151-24-4 (ibook and nook)


We welcome the Kansas City and global poetry community to join us on Saturday, October 24th at 1:00 PM (CST) (20h00 CEST). We will have a virtual reading open to the public. Please subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on this reading and others at www.flyingketuppress.com or follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flyingketchuppress/ Instagram: @flying_ketchup_press  Twitter: @press_flying   


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The Very Edge is an intense collection of urgent and inspiring poetry that brings together writers in English, Spanish, and French. Co-edited by Polly Alice McCann and Araceli Esparza, it celebrates thirty-six contemporary poets including New York poet, Anne Whitehouse, and Kansas Poet Laureate, Huascar Medina. Let them take you on a journey across border towns and prairies to the top of the Swiss Alps; fly from the waters of the Amazon to Manhattan rooftops into an arid land where you'll sit at a table and hear stories woven from the frayed edges of hope. With art direction by designer, Kēvin Callahan, this book features several artists including the work of textile designer and photographer, Samantha Malay, and incredible meditative portraits by award-winning artist, Mano Sotelo.

Araceli Esparza, a Latinx poeta, writer, and one of the founders of www.midwestmuheres.com says about this book. "We all believe in the power of belonging." These poems are not just about identity, as editor Polly Alice McCann explains: "You could say this collection of poetry is a table where we all come together. But it's harder than that. It's a surface--hard, like the flatbed of a truck--all of us in the back, going for a ride. Each poem is urgent, gripping. I'd like to think it takes the reader on a journey past the edge, where we can all be together."

Katie Afshar * Omar Bárcena * Jill Bronfman * Michelle Brooks * Tara Carnes * Kevin Callahan * Don Cellini * Paul Dresman * Alan Dunnett * Kristin Gallagher * Araceli Esparza * Malcolm Glass * Jeffrey Hantover * Eric Machan Howd * Donna Isaac * Vicci Jacobs * A. Kaiser * David Lohrey * Anthony Thomas Lombardi. *. Evamaria Lugo * Katharyn Howd Machan * Samantha Malay * Janet McMillan Rives *. Huascar Medina * Cécile Oumhani * Eloísa Pérez-Lozano * Janet M. Powers * Bruce Pratt * Julie Sellers *. Mary Silwance * Mano Sotelo * NOBODY the Poet * Joe Weintraub * Anne Whitehouse. *. Megan Wildhood * Guinotte Wise



 





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