Help us publish Let Them Be Left, the new poetry chapbook by Keith Taylor. For a donation of $16 or more, we can send you your own copy of Let Them Be Left as a thank you. Please click on the “Read more” for details about the book and the need for you to supply your mailing address.
Keith tells the story of Let Them Be Left – “In 1991 I was one of the first three artists chosen as Artist-in-Residence at Isle Royale National Park. I had no idea what would happen when I got there, but I quickly began an intense involvement with my journal, trying to capture the images and ideas that came out of this extraordinary place. A series of poems, Dream of the Black Wolf, grew out of that and became a chapbook and then later a section in a full length book.
28 years later, in 2019, I was very surprised by a request to return for another couple of weeks on the island. Of course, I jumped at the chance, despite stiff knees and a body that moved much more slowly. Again, the quiet, the isolation, the sense of wildness, and the presence of Lake Superior, brought more images, more poems to me. Let Them Be Left is that collection.”
In thanks for a donation of $16 or more, we can send you your own copy of Let Them Be Left (we will pay postage for addresses in USA, and sales tax if you live in Michigan.) Please use the Contact button below to let us know the mailing address we should send your book to (gofundme does not provide us with it.)
Keith Taylor has authored, edited, or translated 18 books, including 10 chapbooks, possibly his preferred form. His last four chapbooks have been published by Alice Greene & Co. He retired from the University of Michigan in 2018 after spending most of 20 years there teaching poetry to the young. In addition to his two residencies at Isle Royale National Park, he has been Writer/Artist-in-Residence at the UM Biological Station, the International Writers and Translators Centre of Rhodes, Greece, the Detroit YMCA, and Greenhills School.
Alice Greene & Co. is a small, private press based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We publish poetry books that focus on the environment and sense of place. We strive to create beautiful and intimate books. The “& Co.” expresses the many collaborators and helpers who contribute their efforts and works to make the books as excellent and special as possible: editors, book designers, illustrators, photographers, artists, technology wizards; they are typically not employees of the company but they are all more than deserving of reward for their contributions.
Before 2020, our authors typically promoted their books through live events in bookstores, galleries, and so on. This formed the backbone of our distribution strategy. It worked well until Covid-19, and now we turn to other methods of supporting our authors and the publication of their works. We are turning to fans of the press and especially of Keith Taylor to help launch his latest poetry chapbook, Let Them Be Left, into the world. The primary goal of this fundraiser is to finance the printing.
All the editing and almost all the design work on Let Them Be Left is now complete. We plan to send the finished files to the printer by the end of November and hope to have books in early December, but there is always the fear that another lockdown will mean a delay to production, or the postal service going slow, so we can’t promise a delivery date.
If we raise money beyond the cost of printing, we would use that to help pay our collaborators. Should we be so fortunate to raise even more money, that will make it easier for us to work on books for authors who are perhaps less well known than Keith, as well as paying for expenses such as the website and publishing software.
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Photograph of Keith Taylor courtesy Doug Coomb
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