Help us publish Julia Caroline Knowlton’s new poetry chapbook, Poem at the Edge of the World. For any contribution of $17 ($30 for international) and above, we will send you a copy of the chapbook with our thanks (we’re hoping by early April).
Written during the pandemic, Poem at the Edge of the World explores the artistic edge between physical experience and imagination. Her poems invite the reader to experience moments of nature, melancholy and love as a kind of waking dream or "dream without sleep." Julia paints pictures with words creating meditations on light and silence, sensuality, and the stasis of pain and loneliness. Her work as a French scholar reveals itself in two poems honoring historically undervalued French women artists: Camille Claudel and Berthe Morisot. Julia's use of subtle rhyme/musicality allows her readers to travel, as she puts it, "to a place where land sinks to sea."
"In Julia Caroline Knowlton’s Poem at the Edge of the World, time and silence mingle; both are elegiac, yet desirable. Julia invites the reader to witness her inner life and transformation. The silence in these poems configures the poet’s space and meaning. Serenity and clarity permeate the poems, making them burn through the borders."
—Sean Singer, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America.
Julia Caroline Knowlton was born and raised in Ohio and Michigan and began writing poems at age ten. She has a BA (French/English) from Duke, MA and PhD degrees (French Literature) from UNC-Chapel Hill, and an MFA (Poetry) from Antioch University. Recognition for her work includes an Academy of American Poets College Prize and a Pushcart nomination. She was named a Georgia Author of the Year in 2018 for her poetry chapbook The Café of Unintelligible Desire (Alice Greene & Co., 2017) and currently serves as the President of the Georgia Poetry Society. Julia is Professor of French at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, where she has taught for twenty-five years. Her research projects on French literature and painting frequently take her to Paris, her favorite city. Aside from poetry, her life passions include jazz, the Italian language, and physical fitness.
Alice Greene & Co. is an independent press based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We strive to create beautiful and intimate poetry books that focus on the environment and sense of place. 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.
The primary goal of this fundraiser is to finance the printing. We plan to send the finished files to the printer by mid/late-February and hope to have books in hand in early April, at which point supporters will receive their copies, and the chapbook will be for sale to the public.
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 emerging authors, as well as paying for expenses such as the website and publishing software.
Jill Peek of Alice Greene and Co.
Ann Arbor, MI