These last few months have been exceptionally busy over at Stoneboat headquarters. In addition to releasing our spring issue in May (available for purchase here) and seeking work for a special comics section of our fall issue (submit here), we've been putting the finishing touches on a project we've been working on for quite a while now: our first poetry anthology, published by our imprint, Pebblebrook Press.
The anthology is called Masquerades and Misdemeanors, and the poems are written by Milwaukee's very own Hartford Avenue Poets: Thomas J. Erickson, Mary Lux, Helen Padway, Kim Parsons, Kathleen H. Phillips, Barbara B. Prendergast, Sheryl Slocum, Marilyn L. Taylor, Phyllis Wax, Ed Werstein, and Mark Zimmermann. (Some of those names might be familiar to you because they've graced the pages of Stoneboat.) The work is phenomenal and there's a lot of variety in terms of style and subject matter. There's really something for everyone here -- or, as the Humbert Humbert endorsement on the back cover says, "There are at least ten good poems in here which is more than in most poetry books."
This anthology has been a real labor of love, both from the poets themselves and from the Stoneboat/Pebblebrook team. When we began this project, none of us had any idea how labor-intensive or time-consuming it would be. We had no idea how frustrating it would be. We had no idea that personal setbacks would complicate the process. We had no idea how difficult it would be to please eleven poets and four editors. (In hindsight, we should have anticipated that). We also had no idea how great it would feel to work through all of those difficulties and come out on the other side with a truly awesome anthology that we're all incredibly proud of.
You can purchase a copy through Amazon, or you can buy directly from Stoneboat or any of the Hartford Avenue Poets. We don't care where you get it from, just as long as you get it. Enjoy!